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Did Allen West violate federal law by scuba diving with U.S. flag?

A couple days before Flag Day, Republican U.S. Rep. Allen West went for what was supposed to be a fun excursion for the Army vet: A patriotic dive off the coast in Broward County.

Little did West know he was entering hot water.

The Miami Herald reported on West's June 12, 2011 dive with a group of Army, Navy and Marine Corps veterans and published a photo of West underwater in scuba gear, saluting the American flag. "I think it's important wherever we are, that the flag flies," West, a 22-year veteran Army officer and experienced scuba diver, told the Herald. The veterans who joined him agreed.

But bloggers claim the whole thing was illegal, based on U.S. Code.

PolitiFact Florida takes on the new Internet meme.