A Marine official said the Corps’ leadership was not aware of the SS logo’s use until it came to their attention late in 2011 after it appeared on the blog for a military weapons company called Knight's Armament in Titusville, FL. The inspector general at I Marine Expeditionary Force at Pendleton was made aware of the SS flag photograph in November 2011, and the Marines involved were ordered to stop using it. “We don’t believe these Marine Corps snipers had a historical appreciation for what this symbol meant,” the official said. “As soon as leadership was made aware of it, they took action at the unit level and then passed that information throughout the sniper community and to those snipers serving in Afghanistan.” The SS symbol was meant to identify the Marines as scout snipers and was not indicative of any national socialist sympathies. The Marine Corps decided against taking disciplinary action against the troops because there was no malicious intent.
One Jewish group reacted rationally. Allen Falk, national commander of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America, said “We believe that these young men likely did not understand the significance of this symbol, and we call on the Marine Corps to increase education on American history. This issue goes beyond one of racism or anti-Semitism. Our fellow Americans fought and died to stop the Nazis, and it is shameful for any member of the military to display the symbols of Nazi Germany.” He did not demand any further action against the Marines.
|From the F2 Anon board|
At a price, undoubtedly.
And yes, you guessed it, the infamous Mikey Weinstein of the so-called Military Religious Freedom Foundation has opened his big yap. Weinstein claims he has been "flooded" with calls from former Marines offended by the photo and from one member of his organization who is an Auschwitz survivor. He sent letters to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and the Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James Amos on February 9th calling on them to "condemn this stomach-turning display without equivocation or delay and severely punish all of those responsible."
In response to the Jewish pressure, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has now called for the Marine Corps to investigate the use of the logo, which apparently has been used by other scout snipers for years.
Public reaction as been posted on Stormfront and on the Vanguard News Network Forum. Comments posted to The Blaze story indicate that Hier and Weinstein represent a tiny minority. Most think it's much ado about nothing. Some even take well-deserved shots at Weinstein:
BrownWaterVet Posted on February 10, 2012 at 2:59am:
MIKEY Weinstien has been raising hell at the Air Force Academy (where he got a free education) for years. If he has anything to say about ANYTHING, then you can bet the subject has some very good merits involved or he wouldn’t be complaining.
carbonyes Posted on February 10, 2012 at 6:46am:
Michael “Mikey” L. Weinstein, founder of MRFF, Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a wacko ultra liberal, separation of church and state kook, and sees and understands like most liberals, through their a$$.
This is pure bunk and balderdash, and is being used to make a mountain out of a mole hill. There is absolutely no similarity to any swastika or German ss troops. The men were scout snipers and that is the extent of it. Will people frigging grow up and get a frigging life. Please!
Marine 1 Posted on February 9, 2012 at 11:16pm:
You people need to get a life!
Here we go again. As a SS back in the day (was with 2/1, 1st MarDiv and worked with the guys in 1st Force RECON as well) we did all kinds of similar things. Was on the 29 “Stumps” Shooting Team for two years as well. We had photos taken from time-to-time. So what! Deal with it. We were not, and are not, communists or Nazis. We were/are U.S. Marines doing a job most of you couldn’t do if you tried. So buck up little campers and deal with it.
Quit complaining about the fact that you can sleep at night because the SS and a bunch of other patriotic Marines, Soldiers, Sailors, Coast Gurdsmen and Airmen are on watch ensuring that your “six” is covered. Give me a freaking break!
We are tired of hearing about how we treat the enemy and how our own citizens think we suck. Most of you people complain because your freaking coffee is too cold or you broke a nail today.
How about you all go get some SEAL training, Marine RECON or Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training, SS training, Army Special Forces or Ranger training. Most of you jackwagons wouldn’t last ten minutes. Shut the hell up! Crap, most of you couldn’t even earn the title of Marine to begin with so shut the hell up!
dudemeister Posted on February 9, 2012 at 3:35pm:
While it may have been insensitive, or slightly obtuse, these boys wanted to celebrate the fact that they are Scout Snipers. Which is a very difficult job, and requires a lot of training. And they are likely to be more familiar with the logo for the band “KISS” than the Nazi “SS”. The KISS logo features S’s with a similar style.
Also, you must never have seen the Hanes commercials featuring Micheal Jordan. He currently sports the “Hitler” mustache.