This undated photo released courtesy of Gary Stein shows the Camp Pendleton U.S. Marine, Stein, who has been criticizing President Obama on his Facebook page. Stein started a Facebook page called Armed Forces Tea Party to encourage fellow service members to exercise their free speech rights. He declared a few weeks ago that he would not follow the unlawful orders of the commander in chief. Stein also criticized Defense Secretary Leon Panetta for his comments on Syria. (AP Photo/Courtesy Gary Stein)
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) -- A military board says a Marine who criticized President Barack Obama on his Facebook page has committed misconduct and should be dismissed.
The Marine Corps administrative board made the decision Thursday after a daylong hearing at Camp Pendleton for Sgt. Gary Stein.
The board's recommendations go to a general who will either accept or deny them.
The board also recommended that Stein be given an other-then-honorable discharge. That would mean Stein would lose his benefits and would not be allowed on any military base.
Stein's lawyers argued he was expressing his personal views and exercising his First Amendment rights.
Stein is a 9-year veteran whose service was to end in four months.
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