Sheriff troubled after DC conference with Christopher Wray: ‘Can’t tell you everything…but, we’re in a terrible way’

An Ohio sheriff voiced concerns over potential terror attacks with the influx of illegal immigrants entering the country, and he is making some changes.

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones is taking steps to protect his community after attending the National Sheriff’s Association’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., where attendees were briefed by FBI Director Christopher Wray and other federal agencies.

“We were told by the FBI director, it’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when,” Jones said of an imminent terror attack as he spoke at a press conference Wednesday.

Remarking that there are 3,300 sheriffs in the United States, Jones said “The president of the United States refuses to meet with the sheriffs” and police chiefs despite the ongoing crisis at the southern U.S. border.

He recounted that Wray told conference attendees that “there are more red flags going off now than before 9-11.”

“When I say red flags, meaning people that are here in this country that are wanting to do harm to us. We were also explained we’re bombing two countries right now. Two countries. These people do not like us before this started. There’s thousands of people here from other countries, 160 different countries. They’re here not to be our friends,” Jones continued.

“I can’t tell you everything, but I want the public to know that we are in a terrible way right now,” the sheriff said, adding that the U.S. has “no offense.”

“We’re just defense. We’re absorbing these attacks. We’re in other countries. We’re supplying them with weapons. We’re supplying them with our treasure, our money. And we’re not doing much back home,” he continued.

Jones vowed to take action after the update at the conference, saying he is making changes locally.

“We’re looking at maybe squad training. We train for school shootings, what to do when we get there, mall shootings. We’re going to look at things a little differently,” he said. “We’re going to start training civilians on what to do when disasters hit and emergencies hit.”

According to WCPO:

Jones also said he’s asked two local state representatives — Rep. Sara Carruthers (R-Butler County) and Rep. Cindy Abrams (R-Hamilton County) — to introduce legislation at the Statehouse.

“That the governor appoint a task force to do interdiction on people and drugs coming in across our waterways and our borders into the state of Ohio,” he said.

Jones also asked for legislation that would allow state law enforcement to arrest and charge illegal immigrants in Ohio and create a full-time cybersecurity department for the state.

 

The sheriff revealed that hackers from China are trying to get into their computer system five times each day. This after Russian hackers successfully got into the system in 2020, forcing dispatchers to go back to pen and paper as the automated computer system was down for 10 days, according to Fox19 Now.

“Three times a day from Iran and Russia. It’s constant,” Jones said. “All we are doing is keeping them away the best we can. The FBI can’t help us. It’s too much. Last time they couldn’t help us.”

U.S. Border Patrol reported that five Chinese nationals in the country illegally were arrested in Indio, California with 23 fake Pennsylvania driver’s licenses. Thousands of gift cards and other merchandise were found when they were stopped at a checkpoint inspection.

Frieda Powers

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