Tom Burgoyne was not only the Ohio County sheriff for eight years, but was also an FBI agent for 33 years.
Does he believe the United States is a terror target?
Burgoyne said it has been in the past and it will be again.
He said the FBI and its numerous task forces are keeping a sharp eye on terrorists.
But he said ISIS, with its willingness to commit suicide, is a formidable adversary.
Taking them at gunpoint would mean nothing.
“Doesn’t work with them,” he noted. “They could care less.”
He confirmed the Ohio Valley and environs would be considered a “soft target,” and one with a number of vulnerable sites.
“It’s any venue where there’s a lot of people, and of course that goes without saying,” said Burgoyne. “Heinz Field, the ball parks in Pittsburgh, Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown where WVU plays.”
But Burgoyne believes ISIS will be wiped out within a few months.
He says they’ve made enemies worldwide, but especially when they blew up a Russian airplane.
“These folks definitely awakened a sleeping giant with Russia,” he said. “Russia was playing both sides there. They’re offered a $50 million reward and I think that three months from now, you’re going to look back and say, boy, these people–ISIS–were blown off the face of the earth.”
As to whether we should accept Syrian refugees, Burgoyne says that’s not a decision that should be made quickly.
“A lot of these people are being persecuted and they need a place to go,” said Burgoyne. “But is there one of them embedded in there that’s going to blow up our capital building? That’s what we have to be careful about.”