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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emptywheel @dbarajassolano What are the new ones? I haven't been following.
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emptywheel Here's my list of how many Twitter followers various national leaders have. https://t.co/aZwj8jDdZk Corrections, additions, welcome!
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emptywheel @dbarajassolano Interesting that Uribe still has more.
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emptywheel @gnzlrm Agree that'd be the target. But 1) how many of THEM are on Twitter and 2) how many of them would follow Francis?
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emptywheel @zrahul2020 Yup, I started this trying to confirm that @narendramodi has most of any national leader after Obama. He appears to.
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emptywheel @gnzlrm I'd be pretty interested in demographics of his Latin account. Who tweets in Latin!?!?!
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emptywheel @gnzlrm There are definitely dupes, which is interesting bc content is the same unlike, say, Bibi's two accounts (by appearance).
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emptywheel .@gnzlrm So combined, the Pope has 17.6M followers @Pontifex_es @Pontifex_pt @Pontifex_it @Pontifex_ar @Pontifex_ln @Pontifex_de
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emptywheel .@gnzlrm Oh, thanks--that puts him well past the Dalai Lama @Pontifex_es @Pontifex_pt @Pontifex_it @Pontifex_ar @Pontifex_ln @Pontifex_de
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bmaz @seanpaulkelley How did you get a picture of my daughter??
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emptywheel @dwdavison9318 I can't think of who might be more (that's why I was going to check Indonesia). @najibrazak has 2.33M
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emptywheel @02CRMBL Tho I would imagine Merkel has the personality to pull it off.
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