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He said he determined he was not in violation and relaunched the page. Stein said he now plans to fight the charges. He had applied to extend his service, which was set to expire in a few months.

Former military prosecutor Lisa Windsor said since the Civil War, military members have been testing those limits and gotten in trouble. Now those cases can go global because of the Internet.

“I think they’ve been very lenient with him so far,” Windsor said.

Stein said he will not wear his uniform when he speaks to tea party supporters but he likely will mention his case.