Anonymous dissent: Facebook page goes viral

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This series of anti-war photos on Facebook are going viral as of Sept. 8, 2013. (Posted to the Armed Forces Tea Party page via Facebook)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A series of anti-war photos on Facebook are going viral.

The photos show people in military uniforms, with signs over their faces, protesting a possible strike on Syria.

One sign reads, “I didn’t join the Marine Corps to fight for Al Qaeda in a Syrian civil war.”

A retired U.S. Army General says if the people are actually service members they could be in real trouble.

“If anybody that is in uniform right now disagrees in advance with what the discussion is all about, they run the risk of being punished under UCMJ,” retired U.S. Army General James “Spider” Marks told CNN.

The UCMJ is the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Under that code, “Any person subject to this chapter who, knowing that an offense punishable by this chapter has been committed” also is guilty of being an accessory after the fact if that person “receives, comforts, or assists the offender in order to hinder or prevent his apprehension, trial, or punishment shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.”

The Facebook page in question is for a group called “The Armed Forces Tea Party.” As of 9:15 p.m. Sunday, the post had 1,864 Facebook shares.

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