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Some cases stay with you long after an episode ends.
Such is the case with some of the UnSubs throughout Criminal Minds‘ 14 seasons (so far), whether they’ve been responsible for inflicting pain on one of the members of the BAU or committed such horrifying acts against their victims, you can’t help but shudder just thinking about it.
Ahead of the final season, we’re looking back at some of the more memorable investigations of the CBS procedural drama over the years. Click through the gallery above to see TV Insider’s picks for the most haunting cases.
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The lawyer for one of two U.S. Park Police officers who shot unarmed motorist Bijan Ghaisar during a November 2017 traffic stop has told a federal judge that after discussions with prosecutors, the criminal investigation into the Ghaisar shooting will “be resolved” within 20 days.
During a motions hearing in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, where Ghaisar’s family has filed a wrongful-death civil case against officers Alejandro Amaya and Lucas Vinyard, Amaya’s attorney, Kobie Flowers, told Magistrate Judge Ivan Davis he has been in discussions with D.C. prosecutors, who have been investigating whether the officers should be charged criminally.
Flowers went to great lengths to not discuss in open court what the case’s resolution would be, but he mentioned the possibility the U.S. government might “intervene” to represent the officers. Since the Department of Justice would be precluded from representing the officers if it was also charging them with crimes, Flowers comments suggest he had reason to believe the officers would be cleared.
Flowers said Vinyard’s attorney, Stuart Sears was also involved in the discussions with the government.
Outside the courtroom, Flowers declined to elaborate on what led him to believe the case would be resolved within three weeks.
Contacted by WTOP, Kadia Koroma, spokesperson for D.C.’s U.S. Attorney’s Office gave “no comment” when asked if the criminal investigation against the officers would be wrapped up within 20 days.
“This is an outrage,” said Thomas Connolly, who is representing the Ghaisar family in the federal lawsuit. In court was the first time he heard the criminal case might soon be resolved.
“I’ve never seen more hostility from prosecutorial authorities toward a family,” Connolly told reporters.
The Ghaisar family has been seeking answers about the shooting for 18 months, and has sought criminal charges against the officers.
Connolly was incredulous the government had been communicating with officers’ lawyers, but not keeping the victim’s family in the loop. “They won’t pick up the phone.”
While the possibility of the officers being cleared criminally was raised in the courtroom, there is also the possibility the “resolution” Flowers referred to could involve a plea agreement on any charge from the most minor criminal infraction, up to manslaughter or murder.
Typically, if the government was planning on reaching a plea agreement in an officer-related shooting, they would discuss the possibility with the victim’s family during negotiations, to gauge their agreement or opposition.
After meeting behind closed doors with the Ghaisar family, Connolly told reporters: “I’m going to be in touch with prosecutors.”
Officers Amaya and Vinyard were not in the courtroom during the hearing.
In March, the officers were first identified in the family’s civil suit, after Fairfax County police documents identified Amaya and Vinyard as the involved officers.
Fairfax County police were involved in a chase along George Washington Parkway, which continued into the Fort Hunt area of Fairfax County.
Ghaisar was followed by police after his Jeep was rear-ended in a fender-bender in Old Town Alexandria.
As Park Police and Fairfax County police followed Ghaisar down George Washington Parkway, he stopped his car twice, and drove away twice as Park Police tried to pull him over.
After the third stop, at a stop sign, Ghaisar was shot nine times by the police officers, according to the family’s lawsuit. He was unarmed.
Later Friday, Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., said in a statement, “How can Bijan’s family or the people in his community possibly trust in the fair outcome of an investigation, which unfolds in such a manner? A process this bad cannot help but damage citizens’ faith in their government.”
WTOP’s Neal Augenstein reported from Alexandria, Virginia.
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- Peter Bright, a prominent tech reporter who covered Microsoft for Ars Technica, was charged in connection with attempting to solicit sex with a minor, according to a Daily Dot report Friday.
- Bright, who is apparently no longer employed by Ars Technica, is charged in connection with arranging to engage in sexual activity with a 7-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy, according to a federal complaint filed Friday that was cited by the Daily Dot.
- The complaint also said that Bright claimed to have molested an 11-year-old girl.
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Prominent tech reporter Peter Bright, age 38, was charged on Friday in connection with soliciting sex from minors online, according to a Daily Dot report.
Bright, who worked for tech blog Ars Technica and is well-known in tech circles for his coverage of Microsoft, was charged in connection with attempting to molest two young children after a sting operation with federal officials, according to a federal complaint filed Friday, the Daily Dot reported.
Bright was reportedly charged after meeting with an undercover agent who he believed to be the mother of two children he allegedly intended to molest. The complaint also said that Bright had claimed to have molested an 11-year-old girl.
Bright is currently being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan without bail, according to the Department of Justice’s federal inmate locator.
The Daily Dot report states that Bright is no longer employed by Ars Technica.
Ars Technica, which is owned by the parent company of magazine publisher Conde Nast, did not respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.
Technology reporters and bloggers were shaken by the report.
I am shocked. @DrPizza is well known for his Microsoft reporting, and he’s an accused sexual predator. I feel physically sick that I’ve known this man for years and this is what he’s capable of. https://t.co/FMrnCAFV7d
— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) June 7, 2019
— Ken Yeung (@thekenyeung) June 7, 2019
Aisha Tyler has a thirst for trying new things. As an actress, she’s known for her roles on Criminal Minds, Friends, 24 and for voicing Lana Kane on FX’s Archer. She’s also a New York Times bestselling author, talk show host and comedian who made her mark in the male-dominated spirits world with her line of bottled cocktails, Courage + Stone.
Her true love as of late, however, is getting behind the camera and calling the shots. “I love actors and storytelling and finding extraordinary ways to say new things about the human experience,” she says. Tyler, 48, made her feature film directorial debut with the 2017 drama Axis, which she followed with several episodes of Criminal Minds. Now, she’s gearing up to direct Irwin Winkler’s upcoming female-themed thriller, Vigilante.
The star credits her zest for new ventures to her days of rowing crew for Dartmouth College. “As an athlete, you don’t run your best time and go, ‘Great. I’m done.’ You keep trying to run faster, you keep trying to jump higher, and you keep pushing yourself and testing your limits,” she says. So as long as she’s still able, Tyler plans to keep putting her name in the ring for whatever exciting new opportunity comes next.
Tyler talked to Parade.com about the 15th and final season of Criminal Minds, why she always makes time for french fries, and how President Obama inspired her daily breakfast order.
It’s bittersweet that Criminal Minds is coming to an end. But I’m grateful that unlike some shows, we were given the time to plan a proper series finale. We are all trying to savor our last moments on set. The end of the series is going to be really explosive!
Tara Lewis has been a lot of fun to play. She’s incredibly smart. She’s really passionate and fearless. Even though she’s tough—she’s there to fight very bad guys—she hasn’t lost her soul. I love the combination of hyper-intellectual and just ballsy badass lady.
I really like acting, but when you’re a director, you get to care for everybody. So it’s a much more interesting creative light for me. It’s important to me that there be diversity in filmmaking, and one way I can affect that is to be a filmmaker. I want to make space for other women and people of color to follow and open the landscape for others. I’m sure I’ll still act, but kind of on the Clint Eastwood/Ben Affleck model. Sometimes they act, sometimes they direct, sometimes they do both in the same project.
I eat the same thing for breakfast every day. And every three or four months I change it. I try to eliminate all non-essential decisions. I actually learned that reading an article about Obama where he said, “I wear the same suit and eat the same thing for breakfast every day so that I can reserve mental energy for critical decisions.” My current breakfast is a whole-wheat breakfast burrito with extra avocado. For years it was grilled chicken and broccoli—my castmates at The Talk would complain about the smell! But it kept me full for hours.
I was a competitive rower in college, so I still train on my rowing machine most days. I row four or five days a week. I’m also a big disciple of CrossFit. I just try to mix it up, but rowing is my number one. I’m probably rowing faster now than I was when I was in college!
I try not to beat myself up about what I eat because I think guilt is worse for you than what you ate. I eat healthy most days and then I eat what I want on the weekends—like french fries.
Everybody’s version of self-care is different. For me, it’s play—meeting friends, going to a concert, watching a movie. Self-care should just be about taking a little time every day to please yourself. I try to do that every day.
Five other individuals were also arrested as part of the investigation and authorities are actively searching for two others. Those arrested were Samuel Keeton, 40, of Menifee; Jeanna Quesenberry, 52, of Sacramento; Kristen Demar, 44, of Citrus Heights; Justin Petty, 37, of Los Angeles; and attorney Kevin Macnamara, 39, of La Palma. Warrants have been issued for the arrests of Kathleen Nolan, 64, of Calimesa, and Matthew Hall, 50, of Manhattan Beach.
- Police departments across the US have partnered with Amazon and its subsidiary, Ring, to offer programs for free or discounted Ring smart doorbell devices to their residents.
- Some police departments added their own conditions to the programs that allow them to obtain recorded footage from a Ring device upon request.
- This gives police departments unprecedented surveillance capabilities, and could pose serious concerns over privacy.
- This condition isn’t supported by Ring, and the company is taking action to prevent such conditions in its programs between police departments and residents.
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Amazon and law enforcement agencies in the US have been working together to offer free or discounted Ring smart doorbell devices to residents, but some police departments have taken liberties to create a surveillance system with the program, according to a report by CNET’s Alfred Ng.
Ring, a company bought by Amazon in 2018 for a reported $1 billion, makes smart doorbell cameras that offer peace of mind for homeowners. They can monitor your front door with motion-sensing cameras, and they’ll record and save footage of anyone who presses your doorbell, as long as you have a Ring subscription-based plan. Users also get a notification on their mobile devices when someone rings the doorbell, and they can watch live footage from the smart doorbell camera from anywhere in the world.
But certain police departments have started offering residents free or discounted devices with the condition that residents hand over footage from their Ring device upon request, essentially creating a freely available surveillance network based on a consumer product.
Ring told CNET on Tuesday that it doesn’t support programs where users have to share their recorded Ring footage, or programs that force users to subscribe to a footage-recording subscription plan. The company also said it’s working with its partners to make sure its stance is reflected with its partner programs.
In a blog post, Ring states that users have full control over their recorded Ring footage and can choose who to share that footage with. That means Ring users don’t have to share their footage with law enforcement, which some of the Ring programs offered by law enforcement directly contradict.
With Ring’s guidelines in mind, the only way law enforcement should be able to obtain recorded footage from a Ring user who denies a request for their footage is via a subpoena.
While these kinds of programs might help police to fight crime, they also provide a surveillance network with unprecedented reach that privacy advocates and privacy-conscious consumers may object to.
- Academic researchers have found a new way to determine the passcodes used on smartphones and tablets.
- The technique they describe in a recent paper relies on the microphones found in most handheld devices to detect the sound waves users generate when they tap on their screens.
- The technique they created was able to guess nearly three-fourths of the four-digit PINs used within 10 tries in one test.
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Hackers may be able to figure out the passcode to your smartphone by just listening in.
Malware can be designed to take advantage of the microphones in handheld devices to compromise their users’ passwords and PINs, researchers at the University of Cambridge in England and Sweden’s Linköping University reported in a recent paper. The technique they describe, which relies on machine learning, isn’t foolproof, but was able to accurately guess more than half of four-digit PINs used on Android tablets in one test case.
“We showed that the attack can successfully recover PIN codes, individual letters and whole words,” researchers Ilia Shumailov, Laurent Simon, Jeff Yan, and Ross Anderson said in the paper, which was first reported by the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday. “We have shown a new acoustic side-channel attack on smartphones and tablets,” they continued, and described how to exploit it effectively.”
The paper has yet to be peer reviewed, but was published on a site Cornell University maintains for academic research studies.
The technique relies on sound waves and microphones
When people tap on the screens of their smartphones and tablets, they generate sound waves. Most contemporary handheld devices have multiple microphones that they use for voice calls, recording voice memos, and more.
The researchers used the devices’ microphones to detect the soundwaves generated by passcode taps. By tracking which microphone heard the sound first — a difference that could be measured in fractions of a second — the software they created could make educated guesses about where on the screen the sound originated, allowing it to predict which key a user tapped.
The system they created was able to correctly guess a four-digit passcode 73% of the time after 10 tries in one test. In another test, it was able to identify 30% of passwords ranging from seven to 13 characters in length after 20 tries.
In order for hackers to exploit the vulnerability researchers found, they’d have to get their targets to install malware on their phones first, and the potential victims would have to allow that software to have access to their microphones. That could make the technique difficult to use in the real world, security researchers told the Journal. Most modern operating systems bar applications from using a device’s microphone unless users allow it.
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- Three senior contract workers on Facebook’s security team are no longer employed at the security firm.
- The action comes amid internal investigations into finances and allegations of misconduct.
- The security firm Allied Universal has a $110 million contract with Facebook to provide security officers to protect its offices.
- Sources said one of the suspended workers acted in an aggressive manner — swearing at other workers, carrying a knife, and drinking in the workplace.
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Three senior employees of Facebook’s on-site corporate security contractor have left the firm amid investigations into potential financial irregularities and allegations of misconduct.
Business Insider has learned that Eric Coffey, Jodi Becker, and Mike Nishita, three contractors who work for Allied Universal, a firm that provides the Silicon Valley social-networking firm with much of its corporate-security workforce, are no longer employed at the company.
Facebook launched an investigation into finances relating to the Allied Universal contract, which is worth $110 million a year, and the firm’s allocation of bonus points for employees that can be redeemed for gadgets, flights, hotel rooms, and other items, sources told Business Insider.
Coffey worked as a national account-portfolio manager for Allied Universal, Becker was a director of operations, and Nishita was a program product manager; all were part of the senior leadership working on the Facebook account, working out of a building at Facebook’s Menlo Park, California, headquarters. The trio’s exit comes after Coffey and Becker were suspended in May.
As of Tuesday, all three were no longer employed at Allied Universal, the firm confirmed without providing further details.
In an emailed statement, the Allied Universal spokesperson Vanessa Showalter said: “Allied Universal takes very seriously all reports of violations of our standards of conduct. Our #1 goal is to ensure that we uphold high standards of security services within our communities with care and professionalism. As this is an ongoing investigation, we are unable to provide more details at this time.”
The Facebook spokesperson Anthony Harrison told Business Insider that “while this is a matter being handled by Allied Universal, we take the safety and security of our employees very seriously and are conducting our own investigation.” On Tuesday, Harrison told Business Insider that Facebook’s investigation has “wrapped up” but declined to provide further details.
Coffey, Becker, and Nishita did not respond to requests for comment.
The parallel investigations by Facebook and Allied Universal also involve allegations of a hostile work environment. Sources told Business Insider that Coffey behaved in an unprofessional and aggressive manner in the workplace. They alleged that the security professional would swear at employees and call them “bitch,” carry a knife in the office that he would sometimes gesture with in conversation, and sometimes drink alcohol at his desk during the workday.
Allied Universal employees working on the Facebook account are based in Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters, sitting alongside in-house Facebook security staffers in Building 40 — and the allegations raise questions about why others did not speak out about his professional conduct.
Over the years, Facebook has quietly built a veritable security army: About 6,000 people now work to protect the company’s workers and offices across the globe, a Business Insider investigation previously discovered. Threats include aggrieved barred Facebook users and stalkers targeting the company’s executives — and the security legion also keeps the peace internally, investigating thefts and intervening in employee disputes. Facebook uses a number of third-party vendors to provide workers for its security arm; in addition to Allied Universal, it also relies on G4S and AS Solution.
Business Insider also reported last week that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s personal security chief, Liam Booth, has been suspended following allegations from former staffers that he made racist remarks about Priscilla Chan and engaged in sexual harassment. There is no suggestion that there is any link between the Allied Universal-Facebook investigation and Booth.
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- Years of Mark Zuckerberg’s old Facebook posts have vanished. The company says it ‘mistakenly deleted’ them.
- Car-bomb fears and stolen prototypes: Inside Facebook’s efforts to protect its 80,000 workers around the globe
- Leaked Andreessen Horowitz data reveals how much Silicon Valley startup execs really get paid, from CEOs to Sales VPs
- In what’s been a tidal wave of potential tech antitrust action, Apple has been added to the list of major tech companies that may soon be investigated by the federal government, according to Reuters.
- Reuters said on Monday that the Department of Justice would have oversight on Apple should it be investigated for antitrust violations.
- The news came as Apple executives stood on stage during the company’s annual developers conference in San Jose, California.
- Apple’s stock price dropped as much as 2.4% when news of the potential probe was first announced but has since recovered a bit.
- The Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, who’s calling for the breakup of major tech companies, has said Apple has the same problem as Amazon, Facebook, and Google — it runs its App Store and sells its own apps.
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The US Department of Justice will oversee Apple in the federal government’s new push to ramp up antitrust enforcement over the largest tech corporations, according to Reuters.
Reuters said on Monday that the DOJ would have jurisdiction over Apple should the iPhone maker be investigated for antitrust violations.
The move appears to be part of a coordinated effort within the federal government to divvy up oversight of the largest tech firms as criticism grows over the unprecedented power that the Big Tech companies have amassed in recent years.
The DOJ and the Federal Trade Commission — the two federal agencies responsible for antitrust investigations — have now sorted out the jurisdictions of Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google, according to recent press reports, signaling a renewed effort to rein in the operations of the companies.
The news came as Apple executives stood on stage during the company’s annual developers conference in San Jose, California. Apple’s stock price dropped as much as 2.4% when news of the potential probe was first announced but has since recovered a bit.
Representatives for Apple and the DOJ did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Last week, The Wall Street Journal reported the DOJ is potentially preparing an antitrust probe against Google. On Saturday, The Washington Post reported that the FTC would get oversight of Amazon. And earlier on Monday, The Journal reported that the FTC would have jurisdiction over Facebook.
Although no formal antitrust investigations have been announced, the divvying of turf among the DOJ and FTC appears to be the government’s first step into putting the tech industry’s largest companies under the microscope in the search for monopolistic practices. Curbing these tech giants’ power has been on the rise in recent political rhetoric — especially in the case of the Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren.
In a subsequent interview with The Verge, Warren added Apple to the list of companies she would like to see broken up. Warren said Apple has the same problem as Amazon, Facebook, and Google — it runs its App Store and sells its own apps.
“Either they run the platform or they play in the store,” she said. “They don’t get to do both at the same time.”