Miriam Remmers • staff writer
Kidnapping victims rescued in Cleveland
Three women held captive in their kidnappers’ home on the West Side of Cleveland for nearly a decade were rescued after one of the victims, Amanda Berry, managed to attract the attention of neighbor Charles Ramsey, who promptly called 911. Berry, who was 17 when she was kidnapped in 2003 along with 14-year-old Gina DeJesus and 20 year-old Michelle Knight, suffered countless rapes during a harrowing nine years spent as a prisoner of three brothers. Ariel, Pedro and Onil Castro routinely forced themselves upon the women, tying them up and beating them if they were not compliant. Neighbors stated that they had seen strange occurrences, such as a woman frantically banging on an upper window, and sometimes late-night deliveries of groceries to the boarded up house. Although the police were notified of some of these events and had even been on the property in past years on their quest for the three women, they had never been able to discover the location of the women. The women have since been reunited with their families, who have searched for them for years, unsure if they were alive or dead.
Government blames cyber-attacks on China
In the Pentagon’s annual report to Congress Monday, the Obama Administration accused the Chinese military of attempting to hack into the U.S. government’s computer systems, marking the first time that the administration has directly named both the Chinese Government and the People’s Liberation Army as possible culprits of cyber-attacks. Officials consider the attacks as possible attempts to gain information on U.S. strategy and military capabilities. The report is primarily concerned with the theft of industrial technology, which appeared to be the main reason behind the hacking. China has expressed disappointment that the U.S. would level such accusations against them, saying that such speculations without proof can only serve to harm relations between the nations. The U.S. is also spending billions on cyber-defense and cyber-weapons every year, leading others to complain that America is holding China to a double standard. This is particularly relevant when the issue of the United States’ cyber-attacks on Iranian nuclear is brought up. These attacks, which took place early on in President Obama’s administration, although they were run by intelligence agencies, utilized much of the same technology as a military program.