View Full Version : Lawsuit filed in defence of Marine vetís anti-Islam decals

11-14-2008, 01:27 PM
Ann Arbor, Nov 13, 2008 / 06:56 am (CNA).- A Marine veteran whose anti-terrorist and anti-Islam vehicle decals hindered him in visiting the grave of his fallen son at Arlington National Cemetery has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the military order which rebuked his display of the decals.

Jesse Nieto, a 25-year Marine veteran, served two combat tours in Vietnam. His youngest son, Marc, was one of the seventeen sailors killed in the terrorist bombing of the U.S.S. Cole in October of 2000.

Since 1994 Nieto has been a civilian employee at the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. In 2001 he began displaying various decals on his vehicle expressing sentiments such as “Remember the Cole, 12 Oct 2000,” “Islam=Terrorism” and “We Died, They Rejoiced.”

On July 31, 2008, two military police officers ticketed Nieto for displaying “offensive material.”

After Nieto refused to remove all allegedly offending decals from his vehicle, the Base Magistrate issued a written order ordering Nieto to remove his vehicle from the base until all decals were removed. The order banned his vehicle from all other federal installations, and reportedly prevented him from driving onto the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery



11-15-2008, 11:41 AM
The only decal he might be forced to remove is the "Islam=Terrorism" one.

How can an order from a lowly magistrate ban him from driving onto any/all federal installations? Overstepping his jurisdiction, methinks.

11-16-2008, 09:04 AM
This story irks me, but honestly it's the Base's call on this one. Driving onboard a Military Installation makes you subject to their rules, no matter how much they may suck. But the order saying he can't go to Arlington, that's bogus. The Base Magistrate should only have grounds to bar him from Lejeune, if that's where the incident occured.

11-16-2008, 09:37 AM
If the decals had been anti-Christian do you think anyone would have said a word?

11-16-2008, 10:42 AM
If the decals had been anti-Christian do you think anyone would have said a word?

in that case, the driver would have been given preferential parking at the BX and NCO clubs :mad: