By Daily Mail Reporter
The Marine Corps is looking into whether Sgt. Gary Stein broke military rules when he declared on Facebook that he would not follow orders from the commander in chief, President Barack Obama.
While Stein softened his statement on the Armed Forces Tea Party Patriots page to say he would not follow ‘unlawful orders,’ military observers say he may have gone too far.
The Marine Corps is now looking into whether he violated the military’s rules prohibiting political statements by those in uniform and broke its guidelines on what troops can and cannot say on social media. But Stein said his views are constitutionally protected.
While troops have always expressed their views in private, Stein’s case highlights the potential for their opinions to go global as tech-savvy service members post personal details, videos and pictures that can hurt the military’s image at home and abroad.
‘I think that it’s been pretty well established for a long time that freedom of speech is one area in which people do surrender some of their basic rights in entering the armed forces,’ said former Navy officer David Glazier, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.
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