Tea Party Marine Triggers Reform

Officials at Camp Pendleton are asking the Pentagon to update the rules governing troop political activity on social media.


A Temecula marine who is in trouble for making anti-Obama statements could cause the Pentagon to change its rules governing troop political activity online.

Marine Corps officials decided to send a request to the Pentagon on Tuesday to update its policies in light of the actions of Sgt. Gary Stein, a Camp Pendleton Marine living in Temecula.

"No formal request has been made, but one is being worked on right now," Capt. Kevin Schultz, a spokesman at the headquarters of the Marine Corps in the Pentagon, told the North County Times.

The request will first go through the Department of Navy officials, and then to the Defense Department's legal officials.

The Pentagon's policies are out of date and provide too little guidance for social media use, Schultz told the newspaper.

"This is in response to a changing communications environment," he said. "We feel we owe it to our Marines to provide the best possible guidance and it's obvious that social media plays a large role across all aspects of society today, so it only makes sense to update the guidance accordingly."

A board at the camp last Thursday recommended he be discharged under other than honorable conditions and reduced in rank to lance corporal for stating that he would not follow orders given by President Barack Obama on his Facebook page, Armed Forces Tea Party.

He later clarified that he meant he would not follow illegal orders.

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article had the incorrect discharge type. It has since been updated.  

juan verga April 12, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Charge him as a terrorist.
Barbara R April 13, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Regardless of what Stien said, and what you think of him, it is uncalled for to spread fear of terrorism. He gave no indications that he would ever do harm to another person or institution. Fear Mongering is a form of terrrorism in itself. Extreme opinions are exactly that: extremist.
Barbara R April 13, 2012 at 02:02 AM
TVOR was right...
juan verga April 13, 2012 at 04:16 AM
Demoralizing the troops in a time of war,and cinspiring with Hunter to coupt de ta the Office of the President of the United States of America. The American Military operates under a special law obviously soldiers essentialy sign there life over to us and our president who I did not vote for because I oppose parties partisan politics. If you want the benefits of an American soldier then follow orders like a soldier. Terrorists need not apply
juan verga April 13, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Good point stan


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