Feb 10, 2014 — Multiple news outlets are reporting being told by U.S. officials that the Obama administration is considering whether to try to kill a U.S. citizen who has allegedly joined al-Qaida overseas. The individual, whose name has not been released, is alleged to be planning attacks against Americans.
Oct 30, 2013 — Human rights groups and Pakistani officials have condemned the number of civilian casualties in such attacks, but the country's defense ministry says just 3 percent are civilians.
Oct 24, 2013 — The Washington Post says CIA documents and diplomatic memos expose one of the worst-kept secrets of recent years: That while they condemn them in public, Pakistani leaders privately endorse U.S. strikes aimed at terrorists in their country.
Jul 19, 2013 — The case challenges the constitutionality of drone strikes that killed three U.S. citizens in Yemen in 2011. Government lawyers seeking to dismiss the case said the courts essentially have no role in drone-strike decisions.
Jun 19, 2013 — Robert Mueller told the Senate the FBI used drones rarely and for surveillance proposes. The DEA and the ATF had both revealed they possessed drones.
May 23, 2013 — The president is set to deliver Thursday what's being billed as a major address on national security. Officials are telling news outlets that he'll be addressing two controversial topics: The use of drones to kill suspected terrorists; and the closing of the Guantanamo Bay detention center.
Feb 13, 2013 — In the State of the Union, Obama defends the legality of drone strikes and promises more openness with Congress.
Feb 12, 2013 — The former vice president thinks the current president's national security team is "second rate." Cheney tells CBS that the president's policies are making the nation "vulnerable." But he thinks using drone strikes to kill suspected terrorists is "a good program."
Feb 8, 2013 — The controversy over President Obama's targeted-killings-by-drone policy is a reminder that the default position of presidents in times of crisis is to side with national security over civil liberties. That instinct has been true throughout history, and has been acted on by liberal presidents and core conservatives.
Sep 26, 2012 — Sources tell the newspaper that the CIA alerts Pakistan in advance about "broad areas" that may be targeted. The other government's silence in response is interpreted as an effective OK, according to those officials.