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Pardon for Chelsea Manning?

Private Manning

Pardon for Chelsea Manning?

No mention of private Manning in the news anymore. Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison because he leaked to the (in)famous Wikileaks. A Year ago a request was lodged for a presidential pardon. I believe it’s time President Obama takes a decision.

In the meantime Bradley has publicly announced he wants to change gender and be renamed as Chelsey.

Part of the plea for presidential pardon.

The decisions that I made in 2010 were made out of a concern for my country and the world that we live in. Since the tragic events of 9/11, our country has been at war. We’ve been at war with an enemy that chooses not to meet us on any traditional battlefield, and due to this fact we’ve had to alter our methods of combating the risks posed to us and our way of life.

I initially agreed with these methods and chose to volunteer to help defend my country. It was not until I was in Iraq and reading secret military reports on a daily basis that I started to question the morality of what we were doing. It was at this time I realized that (in) our efforts to meet the risk posed to us by the enemy, we have forgotten our humanity. We consciously elected to devalue human life both in Iraq and Afghanistan. When we engaged those that we perceived were the enemy, we sometimes killed innocent civilians. Whenever we killed innocent civilians, instead of accepting responsibility for our conduct, we elected to hide behind the veil of national security and classified information in order to avoid any public accountability.

In our zeal to kill the enemy, we internally debated the definition of torture. We held individuals at Guantanamo for years without due process. We inexplicably turned a blind eye to torture and executions by the Iraqi government. And we stomached countless other acts in the name of our war on terror.

Patriotism is often the cry extolled when morally questionable acts are advocated by those in power. When these cries of patriotism drown out any logically based dissension, it is usually the American soldier that is given the order to carry out some ill-conceived mission.

Our nation has had similar dark moments for the virtues of democracy — the Trail of Tears, the Dred Scott decision, McCarthyism, and the Japanese-American internment camps — to mention a few. I am confident that many of the actions since 9/11 will one day be viewed in a similar light.

As the late Howard Zinn once said, “There is not a flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.”

I understand that my actions violated the law; I regret if my actions hurt anyone or harmed the United States. It was never my intent to hurt anyone. I only wanted to help people. When I chose to disclose classified information, I did so out of a love for my country and a sense of duty to others.

If you deny my request for a pardon, I will serve my time knowing that sometimes you have to pay a heavy price to live in a free society. I will gladly pay that price if it means we could have a country that is truly conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all women and men are created equal.

Via the Manning Support site.

Maybe an off topic but still interesting question: If a male is sentenced, can the same sentence be enforced upon a female when the male has changed gender?

Hotel Frontdoor

Hotel Door P1010860

Hotel Frontdoor

Your guests come and go via the frontdoor. The Frontdoor of this hotel has etched in its glass that its telephone number is 1. The door must be from somewhere around 1900. Many guests must have passed this door.

This was a hotel long before there were hotel chains like Marriott, Hilton or Starwoord….

The hotel is stil in operation and located in a small village in The Netherlands, not far, only a busride, from Amsterdam. Are you able to guess its location?

Actually it was rebuilt in 1905 and the telephone was installed as late as 1920…

Wakeup Copenhagen Borgergade – Hotel Reviews by HH (1)

Wakeup Front I56A1375The front of Wakeup Copenhagen Borgergade

Introduction to numbered “Hotel Reviews by HH” – cooperation with Hotel Designs

My wife and I became hoteliers in 2000 after having fulfilled creative and caring professions unrelated to hospitality. In 2000 we started to convert a dilapidated terraced house next to our own house into a luxury 3 suites “Hotel” or Luxury B & B and operated it under the name Haagsche Suites (i.e. Suites of The Hague) until we’d closed it in December, 2013. Currently I am an almost full-time blogger on several blogs, Happy Hotelier and Chair Blog being the closest related to Hotel Design.

Shortly after we closed Haagsche Suites I’ve contacted Patrick Goff of Hotel Designs which has a section of Hotel Reviews. I remember being very proud having Patrick review our Haagsche Suites. I also remember saying to my wife when Patrick stayed at our place:”Whenever we stop Haagsche Suites I want to do what Patrick does”. So Patrick and I met in spring and decided to a cooperation between the Blog Happy Hotelier and his site Hotel Designs. Patrick will be paying for a couple of “Hotel Reviews by HH”. To celebrate and remember our deal I’ve changed the header image of the blog from a garden view of Haagsche Suites into a view of the Brighton wheel, Brighton being the place where we met. The current review is the first. I Hope Hotel Reviews By HH will become a distinct qualification or maybe label by itself. Next to the more formal styled reviews I will continue to review hotels we’ve visited in a more informal way. Oh and you can read more about Patrick in my 10 Questions Interview with him.

Wakeup Copenhagen Borgergade

I come from the opposite end of hotel design spectrum. I believe(d) the guest needs to get as much room as economically feasible in order to feel well. Nevertheless I’ve closely followed the other end of the hotel design spectrum, noticing the market seems to undergo a change towards this idea guests don’t matter how small the room is, as long as its design is up to standard. So I was curious how the chain who owns the Wakeup would tackle this in Copenhagen, one of the top centers of “design”, especially furniture design. While writing the review it appeared there are many more hotels in this segment in Copenhagen.

Why chose the Wakeup Copenhagen Borgergade?

In May 2014, when I prepared for a city trip to Copenhagen two things drew my eyes to the new Wakeup Copenhagen Borgergade:

  1. It is very well located in the city center near Kongen Nytorv, Nyhavn, the Danish Royal Palace Amalien Borg, the Danish Design Museum and the city’s main shopping walk Oestergade. Actually its location is better than many of its competitors in the small rooms, but “design” hotel, segment.
  2. The fact that it is the second Copenhagen Wakeup. That means that the first must be a success which could be repeated

Wakeup Copenhagen I56A1378 SmallThe dark gray brick of the exterior is a nice addition to the other buildings in the street

Location

At the time I visited the Wakeup was approximately 2/3 finished. The 1/3 unfinished is an office building right of it which is being converted. When finished this Wakeup will count approximately 500 rooms.

As I pointed out already, the hotel is nicely located for the aspiring city hopper. A plus is it provides for rental city bikes. Copenhagen doesn’t have a cycling plan like Paris for example. Metro station not far away, approximately 15 minutes walking distance. With your own car approach is no problem at all and it is located next to a parking garage which after the building in the basement of which it is located will been completed, will be part of the hotel. The entry to the parking garage is next to the hotel. Ladies traveling alone by car don’t have to be afraid to be bothered while reaching the hotel in the night.

I usually also look at the way the hotel fits in its environment and this Wakeup does it nicely with its contrasting dark gray brick as opposed to an adjacent building in red brick. Height is the same as other buildings in the street. The street is wide. Even the rooms in the front don’t suffer from cramped feelings because there is another high building near by.

Rooms

I conclude this summary here with 3 photo’s of the rooms and suggest you move over to Hotel Designs for the “Real” review

 

Standard Room I56A2138Standard room


Shower I56A2142 smallTo your right is an en-suite bathroom in the form of a glass in-room pod with round shower stall

Sink and Toilet small I56A2140Flush buttons above the lid when up would have been more convenient

 

Not easy to make a proper video;-)

 

Read more at Hotel Designs.

(All photos and video © Happy Hotelier and Hotel Designs)