New Guantanamo commander was at Pentagon on 9/11

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba — On Sept. 11, 2001, Navy Capt. David Thomas plunged into the burning Pentagon and crawled through smoke and molten metal in search of a college buddy. The friend was lost, but Thomas emerged a hero for pulling other survivors from the wreckage.

On Tuesday, Rear Adm. David Thomas, 50, took charge of the prison camps housing 270 war on terror prisoners at Guantánamo, among them five men accused of orchestrating the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon and World Trade Center.

A week from Thursday, the reputed al Qaida kingpin Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four other former CIA captives will be brought to the Pentagon's war court complex here.

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