CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — A veteran whose son was killed in the 2000 terrorist attack on the USS Cole has sued officers at the Marine base where he works, saying they violated his free-speech rights to display bumper stickers on his vehicle that link Islam with terrorism.

Jesse Nieto has worked as a civilian at an electrical distribution shop on Camp Lejeune since 1994. He previously served 25 years in the Marine Corps, including two combat tours as an infantryman in Vietnam, according to his federal lawsuit filed Monday in the eastern district of North Carolina.

The lawsuit – which does not seek monetary damages – asks the court to declare that the Marines violated Nieto's constitutional rights and to allow him to express his political viewpoints on federal installations.

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