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?

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bmaz @lilsarg @GenePeyroux ...and grew up next door to an older girl who was one of last wave of polio victims. Can't fathom not vaccinating.
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bmaz @lilsarg @GenePeyroux Wow, did not see that back when you first posted it, but thanks for writing it. I had chicken pox and measles as a kid
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bmaz @lilsarg @GenePeyroux In a family of fully vaccinated people in a, hopefully community of fully vaccinated people. Who trust science.
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emptywheel RT @chinahand: Working title for my AT piece on pivot http://t.co/BJvLEp8qz0 Global Hegemon Seeks Local Assistance for West Pacific D*ck Me…
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emptywheel @sbagen A radical shift in policy as we move from the second Dingell tenure to the third!
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emptywheel If only we had CISA, it would prevent these people from killing the Toobz by cutting fibers. http://t.co/4kljAqnubI
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emptywheel @xor Don't do it!!! @normative bought me a drink that once and I've been tainted ever since.
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JimWhiteGNV @20newsguy Don't you know? The most important issue today is whether to put peas into guacamole!
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emptywheel @pjfleischer Maybe. But my eggplant plants aren't growing. The orphan tomatoes are about to take over their entire bed.
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emptywheel MI has cold mid-summer weather & horribly abusive prisons, but none of your states have Colbert on public access. http://t.co/WLXfdcjh82
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