where most users were hobbyists who cared about safety
So you're banning cars then? FAR more people are using actual cars to commit acts of terrorism (tm) than flying drones...
he could make decisions and policies without worrying about appeasing any lobbyist's and campaign donors
Perhaps. there's another quote that might give some pause:
"There is no one freer than one who has nothing left to lose."
Not without drawbacks but having something to reign in extremes can be pretty useful...
I don't see why giving the accused the right to defend themselves in court is a problem.
It's a damned if you do damned if you don't situation.
The reason the war hawks don't want them in US courts (which they wouldn't be) is that the vast bulk of the 'evidence' wouldn't be admissible under the US constitution what with war crimes (torture) being used to obtain much of it.
These would simply not be US court rules to try them for the above reason. it would still be a mockery of justice as none of our allies would remotely support an international war crimes tribunal against the prisoners at Guantanamo. Against US officials though, perhaps they might.
the military holding them on foreign soil is the only legal option that works
it doesn't work. But there isn't any viable way to hold the US military accountable with politics the way it currently is. The US is committing WAR CRIMES on a daily basis with the continued holding of TEENAGERS in supermax prisons. The VAST majority of Guantanamo prisoners are there because we facilitated people narking on their enemies. That we have tried and true examples of people in Guantanamo that have absolutely no proof of any wrong doing besides someone else saying so...and we still don't release them, speaks volumes about our commitment to human rights.
They laughed at Einstein. They laughed at the Wright Brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown. -- Carl Sagan