MSNBC - Navy Rear Adm. David Thomas was at the Pentagon during Sept. 11 attacks
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - The new Guantanamo Bay detention center commander, who was at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, when hijackers crashed a jetliner into the building, won't be meeting with his prisoners — who include the attack's confessed mastermind.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Navy Rear Adm. David Thomas said on Tuesday he's not compelled to follow the lead of some of his predecessors who chose to have personal contact with men held at the prison.
"As far as looking them in the eye or meeting with them, that's not part of my role," Thomas said in a telephone interview from the base.
Thomas, a second-generation Navy officer, raced through flames to rescue one man in the Pentagon and lost a friend in the attack. His singed uniform from that day is now part of the Smithsonian I
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