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Escalation: Marine gets punished for tweeting

A Marine who posted a racially insensitive tweet referencing Trayvon Martin will receive punishment from higher-ups, MarineCorpsTimes reports.

Now, I would never defend the content of that tweet, which was at best highly inappropriate. But in an age of budget cuts and belt tightening, do the services really need to start policing the internet too? As someone who has frequented military Facebook groups for work and curiosity, I can tell you that, while troops are typically pretty good at observing the rules of Operational Security, their pages are often sprinkled with obscenity, racial and sexist remarks, comments celebrating violence, and every sort of political incorrectness. Basically, it’s the kind of rough-edged barracks talk the military has always had, brought to the internet. 

I have trouble seeing this end in a way that doesn’t get all troops banned from social media altogether. 

That there may be the greatest legacy of Sgt. Gary Stein.

 

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Hope Hodge first covered military issues for the Daily News of Jacksonville, N.C., where her beat included the sprawling Marine Corps base, Camp Lejeune. During her two years at the paper, she received investigative reporting awards for exposing a former Marine who was using faked military awards to embezzle disability pay from the government and for breaking news about the popularity of the designer drug Spice in the ranks. Her work has also appeared in The American Spectator, New York Sun, WORLD Magazine, and The Washington Post. Hodge was born near Boston, Mass., where she grew up as a lover of Revolutionary War history and fall foliage. She also discovered a love of politics and policy as a grassroots volunteer and activist on Beacon Hill. She graduated in 2009 with a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from The King's College in New York City, where she served as editor-in-chief of her school newspaper and worked as a teaching assistant when not freelancing or using student discounts to see Broadway shows. Hope‚??s email is HHodge@eaglepub.com

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