Robert Mueller Reveals Counterterrorism Intelligence Techniques Being Used to Combat Healthcare Fraud

We’ve long known that many of the techniques used to combat terrorism derived from the drug war. We’ve known that law enforcement agencies around the country are adopting counterterrorism techniques–and even PATRIOT Act tools–in regular law enforcement.

Robert Mueller just explained that the FBI is taking lessons learned in its counterterrorism intelligence techniques to combat healthcare fraud.

The comment was in response to a question from Amy Klobuchar. She noted that MN has pretty good success at cracking down on healthcare fraud, but inquired about “hot spots” in healthcare fraud.

Mueller responded by lauding the lessons FBI has learned in counterterrorism, then said [these are my notes–I’ll check his exact quote later], “building an intelligence infrastructure across the country allows us to see where … they’re going to go to next,” implying that they were using intelligence techniques to figure out where new healthcare fraud networks were going to pop up next.

Now, as Josh Gerstein noted on Twitter, FBI used the kind of administrative subpoenas now used to combat terrorism before they were used for terrorism. But Mueller’s comment seemed to suggest far more: I assume, given his reference to intelligence networks, FBI is using informants and the like to infiltrate suspected healthcare fraud networks.

I’m all in favor of making sure Medicare and Medicaid money goes to healthcare. But isn’t the use of intelligence networks in the healthcare industry rather invasive?

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on Reddit0Share on Facebook0Google+0Email to someone

11 Responses to Robert Mueller Reveals Counterterrorism Intelligence Techniques Being Used to Combat Healthcare Fraud

Emptywheel Twitterverse
bmaz @AriMelber People's trust in DOJ as a fallback on state prosecutions is almost universally misplaced absent pattern+practice. This not that.
53sreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel My flight to PHL packed w/GR's Big Beer industry. You'll be happy to know we landed safely.
2mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz RT @hannahgais: @bmaz @ggreenwald oddly, this tweet about Snowden does a better job of describing Speechboy https://t.co/r6FpmZRvpb
21mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz Speechboy has an impeccable record of delivering the stupid https://t.co/L27CQWOs1P
24mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz RT @amilst44: Spot on article on the absurdity of Deflategate. https://t.co/N2K9igTdtU
52mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @stephanie_a517 they're like heeled sneakers. I'm not a heels person but these are comfy.
2hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @nickrmanes Wait are you at GRR right this second? I mean, I wasn't gonna stop in there but I blame you then.
2hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @stephanie_a517 Basically this: https://t.co/vbCbDQrXCd At GRR, which is quite a bit more...friendly than DTW, largely bc pipsqueak airport
3hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @markshefsiek And by "made" I obv mean refused to hide their crap. @0xcharlie @JZdziarski
3hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @markshefsiek The auto industry doesn't consider it theoretical. @0xcharlie made Chrysler do a recall. @JZdziarski
3hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel TSA lady was gonna let me thru w/my shoes on bc she has wanted a pair. She followed the roolz tho, and grilled me abt them after business.
3hreplyretweetfavorite
December 2011
S M T W T F S
« Nov   Jan »
 123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031