Despite pleas for leniency from Representatives in Congress, including Darrell Issa, Marine Sgt. Gary Stein has been found guilty of misconduct with a recommendation for dismissal with an other-than-honorable discharge.
The thing that one must pay attention to in this case is the following: Sgt. Stein was found guilty of stating that he would not obey unlawful orders.
The statement was made as part of an online debate about NATO allowing U.S. troops to be tried for Quran burnings in Afghanistan. It was in this context that he said he would not follow orders from the president if it involved detaining U.S. citizens, disarming them or doing anything else that he believes would violate their constitutional rights.
Most Marines share his view.
There were other contributory issues as I explain below but the above statement is what cost him his job.
The code of military conduct was violated when Sgt. Stein posted a photo of President Obama on a poster of the movie Jackass and posted it his Facebook page, handed our Nobama bumper stickers, et cetera, and continued despite warnings from Superiors.
The military has restricted free speech rights in order to maintain discipline.
However, we have Congressmen such as Rangel and Czars like Geithner who are guilty of crimes and they keep their jobs. We have Roslyn School District administrators on Long Island who are convicted of grand larceny and they keep their pensions.
If you serve your country and risk your life, you will be treated far worse than common criminals.