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Marine's Facebook Comments Fuel Debate

A Camp Pendleton Marine says he has removed his Facebook page after his comments fueled a free-speech debate about whether troops are allowed to criticize President Barack Obama's policies while serving in the military.

Sgt. Gary Stein says he was asked by his superiors to review the Pentagon's directive on political activities after he criticized Obama's health care reform efforts and then was asked this week to talk about his views on MSNBC.

Stein says his supervisor told him of his right to an attorney about the matter. He says he decided to close his Facebook page and review his military code obligations.

Camp Pendleton spokeswoman Maj. Gabrielle Chapin says the Corps. is not considering filing charges.