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It has happened before. In 1987 - coincident with extraordinary media coverage - an Abu Nidal terror “sleeper cell” in Northern Virginia was ordered to assassinate a U.S. military officer. The terrorists - all legally in the U.S. - were in the employ of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

Thankfully, the FBI detected the hit before it could be carried out, and the officer and his family were rushed out of their home and sequestered on a military base until a full-scale U.S. government security detail could be organized to provide24/7 protection for them at their home and wherever family members went.

Nobody has yet asked how many judges, prosecutors, prison guards and jurors will requiresuch protection as a consequence of these decisions. They should. Otherwise, the actions taken this week by the Obama administration won’t just be labeled as political correctness - they will be called political suicide.

Oliver North is the host of “War Stories” on the Fox News Channel, the author of “American Heroes,” and the founder and honorary chairman of Freedom Alliance.