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. Tad Pole

    This is all good and well until someone pokes an eye out.

    June 18, 2010 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. Alexander

    As human beings we must ensure the prosperity and well being of all people regardless of traits and labels. In this case, we have a man that decided to take matters into his own hands over an action that was not constructed based upon hatred for a different religion or people. It was based on the justice for those that were FORCED to forfeit their lives. This is not a war of religions, it is an action of a man that seeks to protect the basic human right to live. That is a fact that is indisputable. The killing of innocent people will only bring about more death and ruin of mankind. We are literally bringing about our own destruction.

    June 18, 2010 at 3:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Painful Deceptions

      "The killing of innocent people will only bring about more death and ruin", tell that to Israel!!!...

      June 18, 2010 at 6:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. johnmont

    what a complete moron, seriously how can this guy get any praise whatsoever. YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEHHHAAAAAAAAWWWWWWW. Let's get gun and hunts us some terrorists. Even better, because God told me to. HAHAHAHA can you spell LOSER

    June 18, 2010 at 3:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Woody Brown

      johnmont, I see that YOU are able to spell L*SER.

      June 18, 2010 at 5:46 am | Report abuse |
    • marye

      Yeah, I can spell " loser." It's j-o-h-n-m-o-n-t.

      June 18, 2010 at 6:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. Rayal

    Al Qaeda didn't stop him, Pakistan did. What they should have done was gave him more intel on Bin Laden's location and quietly sent him on his way. I don't think he would have made it, but if he had, it would have been the biggest story of this century. I applaud him for being so brave, and shrewd enough to stay under the radar for seven years...seven times. It doesn't bother me that he is religious, religion is what has caused all these wars anyways. Let them fight it out...bring our boys home as soon as possible.

    June 18, 2010 at 4:07 am | Report abuse |
  5. moik

    ha, if i had his cajones i'd go for the big payoff.

    June 18, 2010 at 4:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. moik

    i wish i had his cajones. i'd go for the big payoff. A++ for effort dude.

    June 18, 2010 at 4:48 am | Report abuse |
  7. moik

    i wish i had his nerve. i'd go for the big payoff

    June 18, 2010 at 4:49 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mike

    Of course this guy was mentally ill. What sane man, unless he had a like 70 IQ, would think he could find Osama Bin Laden when the entire US military has failed, and kill him with a pistol and a couple knives? I'm sure the hundreds of no doubt guards with assault rifles will let him waltz in and pistol Osama to death.

    I don't even see how this is news worthy besides one side-article.

    June 18, 2010 at 4:57 am | Report abuse |
  9. stirrer

    What's he going to do if he finds him? Make a citizen's arrest?
    For those who think history began in September 2001, ever notice how terrorists tend to target those who are occupying and oppressing their people? Chechans attack Russia, the IRA attacked England, Tamil Tigers – Sri Lanka, even the French resistance were labelled 'terrorists' during WW2...but with this latest round apparently they're extremists and they just don't like democracy, freedom and blue jeans. Sure, sounds likely.

    The truly tricky thing for security analysts in figuring out why 'terrorists' might want to attack America and England isn't trying to find a reason; it's picking the right one. There are just too many Middle Eastern countries the US and UK have violently interferred with from which to choose.

    'Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious' – Wilde

    June 18, 2010 at 5:26 am | Report abuse |
  10. wayne

    Go get him tiger. Your president is not willing to kill one of his own. He would rather continue to send young Americans off to die so long as they do not get too close. I will say however, I do believe that regardless of those in Washington,DC, if push comes to shove, there are still enough Americans lift in this country to defend it and that they are ready and willing. We may be old but we aint dead yet. Yes I said it. Most in DC would not make a pimple on an Americans a**.

    June 18, 2010 at 5:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Painful Deceptions

      Sounds like you think Bush-Cheney are still in the White House. You may not be dead but your comments sound pretty dead. Hope you at least remember who sent the young Americans to Iraq and for what reason. And who got the 5,000 finest Americans killed in Iraq for the fabricated reasons not to mention the 40,000 who lost limbs and will suffer for the rest of their lives. And Trillions of Dollars spent on killing innocent Iraqis to get Haliburton (Cheney's family's business) to Iraqi Oil. Hope you can still lift your eyebrows and open your eyes, let alone defending the country by destroying it like Bush-Cheney gang of thugs.

      June 18, 2010 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
  11. john black

    He reminds me of one of those crazy fundamentalist Christian
    NGO's from World Vision who have populated the far east.
    Send him to an asylum where he can get the care that he needs.

    June 18, 2010 at 5:52 am | Report abuse |
  12. David

    im sorry but the new indiana jones was crazy. #1 a pistol and a sword cannot possibly take on combat rifles and SMGs. How are you going to hunt for someone that most likely is the puppet of something MUCH bigger? I dunno man but he wouldnt have found him, and if he did, i think that he would have learned that Bin laden ( though he is a real person) would have been a fake celebrity , kinda like hollywood actors ( and rappers) in our country. THe ones who say that they do everything, but in reality do absolutely nothing, yet the brainwashed crowd follows.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
  13. R. Jervey

    This guy has been in Afghanistan hunting Bin Ladin since 2001? That is such an amazing feat I can't even put it into words. This White guy has been there the whole time, during the first war, and then the low intensity conflict ever since. One white guy, with all those crazy jihadi's around looking to cut off some heads and he is still walking tall. This guy is a REAL AMERICAN. He did an amazing thing and he made it out alive, even if he didn't kill Bin Ladin. Kudos to him for standing up for what he believed in and doing something about it, instead of whining about it on the internet.....

    June 18, 2010 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jimmy John

    Dude did you really smoke your stuff and take a sword to get BL? Man you need to like cut back on the herion and get a shave and find reality. You McGyver would of had his man and built a bong out a beer can and went home by flying super high...... Keep up the good work and then come back and fix the oil leak in the gulf. 🙂

    June 18, 2010 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jimmy John

    Man keep that sword holstered and wear some protection when hunting BL....

    June 18, 2010 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
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