Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The agency apologized last week for automatically sending Tea Party and similar groups through multiple hoops before the 2012 election.
President Obama this week said efforts by IRS employees to target new conservative groups for extra scrutiny were "outrageous," echoing many administration critics who charged that the measures were politically motivated. "I have got no patience with it, I will not tolerate it, and we will make sure that we find out exactly what happened on this," Obama said in a news conference Monday. The Wall Street Journal reported that an Inspector General's report concludes there was widespread targeting of conservative-linked groups for aggressive questioning, but that no one outside the IRS was involved in establishing the practice. (The report was released Tuesday.) Former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman, an appointee of President George W. Bush…
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
A public service announcement featuring former Marine Sgt. Gary Stein was intended to keep Marines out of trouble during election season.
A military public affairs team pulled a public service announcement that featured former Camp Pendleton Marine Gary Stein. The Temecula-Valley resident was given an other-than-honorable discharge in April after he had written comments critical of the president on the Facebook page Armed Forces Tea Party. The public service announcement—called “Staying social media savvy during election season"—was published Tuesday and upset Stein, according to the Marine Corps Times. A search on the military’s primary news wire showed the video’s link existed, but an error message appeared in its place. Related: Patch coverage of Gary Stein The video—which was published by Marines of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point—was pulled Tuesday, said Amanda …
Friday, May 4, 2012
Former Marine sergeant Gary Stein has argued that the Marine Corps violated his freedom of speech. He was discharged from the Marine Corps for statements he made on Facebook.
Former Marine sergeant Gary Stein—who was booted from the Marine Corps this month for anti-Obama statements—plans to sue the Marine Corps, he told supporters on Facebook. A board handed Stein an “other-than-honorable” discharge last month for saying he would not follow orders issued by the president. He later clarified his remarks by saying he would not follow any "illegal" orders. Attorneys argued during a separation hearing that he was protected under the First Amendment when he made his comments. Patch will update the story as it develops. Got something to say about this story? Tell us in the comments. Subscribe to the Fort Stewart Patch newsletter and get news, Patch deals and breaking news alerts delivered straight to your inbox. …
Friday, April 27, 2012
Lone disciples may differ, but influence may be on the wane.
Is the Tea Party dead? That’s the topic of conversation on political websites and blogs in the wake of recent setbacks to Tea Party candidates and elected officials, including the recall vote targeting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. No doubt Tea Party disciples still keep the faith—including Gilbert “Hustusa” Cope, the Carlsbad, CA, resident of “I didn’t vote for this Obamanation” fame. But is the party over for national political influence? Got something to say about this story? Tell us in the comments! Subscribe to the Fort Stewart Patch newsletter and get news, Patch deals and breaking news alerts delivered straight to your inbox. Follow Fort Stewart Patch on Twitter and Facebook. Add your photos to Pics & Clips.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Sgt. Gary Stein was in trouble for his anti-Obama remarks, but his release date is postponed due to a throat condition.
A Camp Pendleton Marine who landed in hot water when he made critical remarks about President Obama on Facebook will be involuntarily discharged, officials said Wednesday. He remains in the Marine Corps as he deals with a recently diagnosed medical condition. Marine Sgt. Gary Stein got an “other-than-honorable” discharge for saying he would not follow orders issued by the president. He later clarified his remarks by saying he would not follow any "illegal" orders. Attorneys argued during a separation hearing that he was protected under the First Amendment when he made his comments. The incident caused officials to begin revising the Pentagon's policy on military member's behavior on social media. RELATED: Tea Party Marine Vows to Sue …
Sunday, April 8, 2012
"Tea Party Marine" case is throwing a spotlight on different rules for service members.
The U.S. military has limited the free speech of troops since the Civil War, including not being allowed to criticize civilian leaders like the president. So it's no wonder that Marine Sgt. Gary Stein is facing an other-than-honorable discharge for bashing Barack Obama on his Tea Party Facebook page. Should these First Amendment restrictions apply in this era of social media?
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Marine Sgt. Gary Stein will face the separation board today.
A judge has denied a request to halt or postpone a military separation hearings for Sgt. Gary Stein — a California Marine who maintains a Facebook page critical of President Obama, San Diego News 10 reports. Sgt. Gary Stein faces a separation board today. "After 4 hours of court it comes out a draw... discouraged but not beat," said a message from him on the "Armed Forces Tea Party" Facebook page. Stein had written on Facebook that he would refuse an order from the president and later clarified by saying he would refuse to carry out an illegal order, the North County Times has reported. Stein told Camp Pendleton Patch this week he did not have a specific order in mind when he wrote that. Got something to say about this story? Tell us in …
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Marine Sgt. Gary Stein says his chain of command violated his freedom of speech and due process rights.
Sgt. Gary Stein — the embattled Marine facing a military discharge for anti-Obama remarks on Facebook — is suing members of his chain of command for violation of his first amendment and due process rights, he told posted on Facebook and confirmed with Patch Monday. Stein is founder of the Armed Forces Tea Party page on Facebook and is facing a military discharge for writing that he would not follow illegal orders from President Obama. He is not concerned with any specific order he told Patch Monday. “There are a lot of hypothetical scenarios, but there have not been any orders that I deem to be unlawful,” he said. An Administrative Separation board will hold a hearing on base Thursday to decide whether or not to discharge him. According to…
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Tea Party advocate and Marine Sgt. Gary Stein says he is being involuntarily discharged from the military after posting anti-Obama content on a public Facebook page.
Marine Sgt. Gary Stein told the Associated Press Wednesday that he is being discharged for his Facebook remarks against President Barack Obama. The Marine earlier created Armed Forces Tea Party, a Facebook group on which he stated he would not carry out an order from the president. Earlier this year a soldier found himself in trouble after endorsing Ron Paul, while at uniform at a rally. What do you think? Vote in the poll and tell us in the comments.