I have said it before and will say it again. The American national security state has no problem with terrorism as long as the “right” people are terrorized.
Drones are only the instrument, the problem is that the American government feels free to kill folks overseas at will. But only those who they think cannot hit back. Once this perception changes, drone strikes will come to a screeching halt IMHO.
If things get dicey here at home, might not the state start killing “dangerous’ activists using good old fashioned death squads instead of drones. Anybody who thinks it cannot happen here should consider the war against the Black Panthers during the 1960s.