June 17th, 2010
02:16 PM ET

Bin Laden hunter's mission praised, vilified on internet

Gary Faulkner, seen in this 2006 mugshot, traveled to Pakistan several times to find Osama bin Laden.

Intrigue over Gary Faulkner’s one-man hunt for Osama bin Laden has sparked both outrage and praise on the internet and blogosphere.

Pakistani authorities announced this week that they had picked up the 50-year-old Colorado man near the border with Afghanistan. Armed with a pistol, sword, night-vision equipment and Christian literature, Faulkner told police that he had been hunting bin Laden since the September, 11, 2001 attacks.

Some have dismissed him as mentally unstable, which his brother, a physician, has denied.

But others have lauded his attempt to do what the U.S. government has failed to do for nearly a decade: find the head of al Qaeda, which carried out the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

Faulkner’s exploits have inspired a slew of nicknames on Twitter and Facebook, including Rambo, American Ninja and the new Chuck Norris.

He’s even been turned into an animated character on YouTube.

A Twitter post suggested Faulkner should face off against another daunting foe: the BP oil spill.

“Ask #GaryFaulkner to swim to the sea floor and plug the hole with his fist,” @HerbCarmen posted.

Faulkner’s family is taking it all in stride.

“I do like American ninja, that is pretty cool,” Scott Faulkner said

He said he believed his brother’s mission has tapped into an element of American society.

“It’s true Americana. We all fall in love with Chuck Norris, we fall in love with Clint Eastwood, We fall in love with John Wayne,” Scott Faulkner said. “Why? Because they fight for the American way. They find the bad guy, they may get roughed up a little bit, knocked in the dirt but at the end of the day they come out on top.”

But not all of the internet chatter has been favorable. “Looney Christian warrior” pops up a lot. Scott Faulkner admits his brother’s plan is not something he would attempt, but he insists that Gary is perfectly sane.

“Having known Gary for 43 years I can honestly say he’s not a sociopath, he’s not psychotic, he’s not crazy. He hasn’t harmed anyone.” Faulkner said. “He is an American hero.”

He predicts that Gary will enjoy the media attention when he returns to the United States and suggests who should play the lead role if his brother’s his story ever becomes a movie:

“Jackie Chan with a wig,” Faulkner said. “He’s got the sense of humor and the physical ability.”

soundoff (352 Responses)
  1. Carol P.

    This is all well and good, except he got caught. The Duke never would have gotten caught, and he never would have made a big media splash out of it.

    June 17, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubushkavananana.

      Where are The Saints when we need 'em?

      June 17, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Yeah but Faulkner isn't making a media splash either. He's just sitting over in Pakistan somewhere right now. It's the media that is making their own splash :p.

      June 17, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andre

      Is that Cheech or Chong

      June 17, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thend

      What the heck is Tommy Chong doing in Pakistan? Puttin a whomping on Bin Laden's Butt, That's What!

      June 17, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • TorontoGuy

      Huh? What does that mean dude?

      June 17, 2010 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • eegur beevur

      just what we need: more jesus-freaks

      June 17, 2010 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      7 years and not getting caught is pretty good. So what he got caught. but this will just unify the country more and others will follow.

      June 17, 2010 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • G Factor

      "Crom|Crom, I have never prayed to you before, I have no tongue for it. No one, not even you, will remember if we were good men or bad, why we fought or how we died. No, all that matters, is that few stood against many. That's what's important. Valor pleases you, Crom, so grant me one request: grant me revenge! And if you do not listen, then to hell with you!" – Conan the Barbarian

      June 18, 2010 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Gary

      To Torontoguy: Your message is so long that if each letter represented one mile you would be in Pakistan too. How about learning how to consolidate your thoughts and words into well thought out patterns that replicates most of the other bloggers here. Glad you represent Toronto and not America.

      June 18, 2010 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Raul

      I'd rather have this guy as a citizen of our country then TorontoGuy, that's for sure. Canadians have an inferiority complex the size of some of those Pakistani mountains; it always manifests itself in anti-American banter. Sad...

      June 18, 2010 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Phoenix05

      I totally praise him! God bless him and God bless America! He's probably sitting in that cell right now thinking about his next move for after he gets out. Pakistan is just buying him more time!

      June 18, 2010 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Phoenix05

      TorontoGuy which part of the world are you from again?

      June 18, 2010 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Painful Deceptions

      Shut-up TorontoGuy, Do not embarrass us more. Our fellow Americans are doing a great job on embarrassing themselves already. You better worry about saving your "Oil Sands" of Alberta from BP. When we will squeeze BP in the South they will run North of the border to continue their mission of polluting the world. I wonder why they do not mess up in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bhrain, Dubai and other Arab countries. Oh yeah, I remember they chop off the hands and even heads, if some one messes up in their countries.

      June 18, 2010 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
    • vee

      He looks like Chong...lure him out with Mary Jane.

      June 18, 2010 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Lost in the Promiised Land

      Ryan is right, SEVEN times he was there or has been there for seven years and not been caught. That takes craft and genius. I don't think a mentally disturbed person could do it, just a really determined, and clever one.

      June 18, 2010 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |


      June 18, 2010 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry

      This man is simply a personally financed contractor. Deploy a hundred or so like him with resupply channels and define free fire zones and they would cut out a lot of the BS going on over there.

      June 18, 2010 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Trav

      G factor - You are the MAN!! Haha,. Conan the Barbarian "Grant me one request, Grant me Revenge!",, . Conan the Bin Laden Hunter

      June 18, 2010 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Willie12345

      Well, he tried. That's more that Sec. Gates has done.

      June 18, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • douge

      I would have done the same thing if I had access and money. If he needs help let me know. I would go anytime

      June 25, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. William Bergmann

    It's too bad we can't find a real "American ninja" to find Bin Laden instead of phonies like Chuck Norris or Rambo and John Wayne pretenders. This guy was really trying seriously and should get some credit for that. To compare him to the pretenders is an insult to his efforts.
    Next time try a little training first though. Bin Laden is a lot smarter than Chuck Norris or Jackie Chan. Jeez.

    June 17, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thend

      Time to take the tinfoil off the windows...

      June 17, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rawlins

      The one thing John Wayne has in common with Bin Laden is that they are both dead and buried.

      June 17, 2010 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phoenix05

      Who needs training if you have some good old fashioned America Ingenuity!

      June 18, 2010 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Gary

      I admire the man and hope he writes his story. Kind of a modern Jack Kerouac/Chong character with some Rambo. I wish I had his guts.

      June 25, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. doug

    Hey world, isn't there a bounty on Ibin bibens head? If so, then why is anyone prohibited from trying to collect it to satisfy the government that offered the bounty in the first place. If a bounty is legal then so is going after the perv and trying to collect it. GO for it and do the world a favor... Just don't be a schmuck and get caught again!

    June 17, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • aaf

      If there is a bounty then they should send DOG.. LOL

      June 17, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eddie189

      He was probably in Pakistan Illegally. I do admire this courageous Man. He is a true American.

      June 17, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • ImNoExpert

      As I understand it, the multi-million dollar reward the US gov't is offering is "for any INFORMATION leading to bin Laden's capture". This would suggest that it is an attempt to bribe any of bin Laden's lower-level or not so loyal followers. It would undermine bin Laden's authority within the group. Idk about an actual bounty, though

      June 18, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. Theresa

    And why not?! Its not like anyone else is SERIOUSLY looking for him! I think it would be awesome if someone like that walked in & hauled his ass back into the sunlight!!!

    June 17, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Willie12345

      We could use a few border guards from Pakistan. We could place them along our border with Mexico. If we used them, a few Iranian and North Korean border guards, we might be able to control our own border.

      June 18, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. Howie

    I am from Colorado and want to buy Gary a beer when he gets home. It is a shame though that he has to come home and is not allowed to try to collect the bounty money. He should be allowed to continue the quest; or is the Pakistani government afraid that he might succeed? How is anyone supposed to collect the reward for Bin Laden if they cannot access the terrain? Maybe he could bet a legitimate bounty hunter license for Pakistan and go back with a television reality show about someone whom is actually looking for Bin Laden.

    June 17, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • lordpet

      Yeah, it's a nice Hollywood type of story, but the real ending would be a video of him getting beheaded. Do you REALLY think he'd succeed? ThankGod he got arrested before he got decapitated

      June 17, 2010 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Painful Deceptions

      Exactly! or Taliban would have stoned him to death for looking at their women!

      June 17, 2010 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gerard

      I would like to know is hunting George Bush and his cronies for invading Iraq and allowing Israel their right of killing?
      Can anyone tell me???

      June 18, 2010 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      Geerard, you are a typical left wing idiot. Go back to la-la land and in November we'll talk about how you left wingers got trounced.

      June 18, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  6. Glenn

    something stinks here- why should it be illegal for him to attempt to collect a legal bounty? Are only fellow terrorists/criminals eligible for it?

    June 17, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thend

      Because Pakistan has tougher immigration laws than the US does!!!

      June 17, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Painful Deceptions

      Well said Thend! LOL! Some of our state are pretty close to becoming Mexican Provinces.

      June 17, 2010 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sparks

    hey anon, if you don't like America, leave.

    June 17, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      You are brain dead man.

      June 17, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      I concur

      June 17, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spencer

      And I suppose that those of us that don't like the U.N. should leave the planet?

      June 18, 2010 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Hah

      Generally if people don't like something they should try to change it rather than abandoning it.

      June 18, 2010 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  8. Michael D Gagnon

    Possibly the most awesome American alive today.

    When he's done punching the Oil Slick, he should head over to North Korea. Put the entire army in a headlock until they concede.

    June 17, 2010 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. NickB5

    There can be only one!!!!

    June 17, 2010 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Clint04

    Now you did it, after he gets Bin Laden collects the bounty and is having a party, he is not going to invite you, cause you called him a nutcase.

    June 17, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dog the Bin Laden Hunter

    Good thing he was caught. He probably would've just ended up hurting somebody innocent over there, or getting hurt. Would you want foreign vigilantes roaming our streets with guns and swords (swords?!), even if they were only after "bad guys"?

    June 17, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sharon

      Sound thinking – finally.

      June 17, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cosmin

      Yes, forget about sound judgement. The American military kills innocents there all the time...how much difference can a insane sane Colorado man do there?

      June 17, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      the story says he was there for a long time. so if he fit in all that time, i doubt he would have hurt innocent. he was just trying to collect the huge bounty.

      June 17, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • melissa

      wait, hurting someone innocent? that is what war is. do you know how many innocent people are dying over there every single day? my fiance is a marine sgt. and fought in the iraq war. the stories he tells of innocent lives being lost are awful. this guy wouldn't have done any more harm than is already being done. cudos to someone for having big enough balls to get out of their desk chairs, off the CNN website and actually man-up and try to capture this guy. how anyone can condemn him for risking his life for ALL of you is absolutely beyond me. and to the man who said"greatest american...", i absolutely agree.

      June 18, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jeremy

    The NATO forces should be planning an escape for Faulkner the American BadA$$ right now! We need him on the front to take out the Taliban and Osama! Hell we might as well add N. Korea and Iran to the list too.

    June 17, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jeremy

    @dogthebnladenhunter- The sword was the best part!

    June 17, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dog the Bin Laden Hunter

      Totally agreed on that one. I wonder if he wore a bandana?

      June 17, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ninja nut

    What an idiot !! He should thank the God that he didn't end up in those beheading videos of those Islamic nuts..

    June 17, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael D Gagnon

      This movie writes itself.

      Kill Bin (vol. 1)

      June 17, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      how would he be beheaded if he had protection he would of went out fighting.

      June 17, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. al

    this guy got balls! i am all for what he did! he should have found bin laden and cut his head off! then get caught. i respect him and his family. he should get an a+++ for trying! good luck

    June 17, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
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