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. Painful Deceptions

    Wayne, 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 6:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. Patriot 48602

    This guy is great, we need more like him

    June 18, 2010 at 6:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. Nickols

    I'm curious why the military pulled back when they had bin ladin cornered in tora bora, it was their best chance to get him. George bush ordered us to leave instead of sending in 20k more troopers like the ground commanders wanted. Why? Why? Why was that better? Someone once said that bin laden is a mouthpiece that the bush admin used to activate and perpetuate bush's war. So if we got the bad guy, the war is over and the bush admin didn't want that. Is that true? What's the truth here?

    June 18, 2010 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
    • drmx123

      It's not so mysterious once you realize that Bin Laden is run by the CIA. Why do think they haven't caught him after nine yeras and counting? They him to keep brain dead Americans foaming at the mouth for perpetual war and a Big Brother government.

      June 18, 2010 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. mike

    He looks like John Lennon

    June 18, 2010 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
  5. Nickols

    I hope this guy makes a ton off of his story, what a great story.

    June 18, 2010 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
  6. Nickols

    Maybe this is the start of the next massive and horribly bloody religious war that some christians are just aching for.

    June 18, 2010 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
  7. the north mon

    If he did find O.B.L., would he bring him back to the USA?

    June 18, 2010 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mustafa

    Gary must be thankfull for Pakistani authorities that he was rescued by them, otherwise that place is far worse then wild. Although I believe the way chosen by Gary is very dangerous, a well planned and directed efforts/missions can lead to get to Usama.

    June 18, 2010 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
  9. Thomas

    Roaming around 9 years with a ninja sword & a pistol? This man needs some more tactical supplies...GPS, M4 automatic rifle, grenades, a telephone to call in coordinates for air strikes. Here's a shot for Discovery or A&E to land a reality TV series lol.

    June 18, 2010 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
  10. Wan

    Geesh, how much more stupid can you Americans be !!

    June 18, 2010 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      Thanks for the insult Wan. I wouldn't insult you or your country over 1 person's actions. It's too bad you don't think the same way.

      June 18, 2010 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  11. Bman

    I don't understand how they can have a fifty million dollar reward on Bin Ladens head and then arrest someone trying to collect. News reports said he was found in the region that they suspect bin laden is hiding, so one "crazy guy" is doing just as good a job as our trillion dollar a year national "defense". I say let him finish the job, then maybe he can get the medal he deserves. People like Gary Faulkner are what made America great.

    June 18, 2010 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  12. CSS

    Considering the government(s) here and abroad have failed to apprehend Bin Laden, it's not surprising private citizens are on occasion looking for him themselves.

    June 18, 2010 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  13. baruch

    OBL is lng dead...he was dead pre-911 which is why he was selected by the Bush crime family to be the scarey bogey man that could never be caught, so the "war on terror" could be an endless nonspecific war, which enriches those at the "top." Gary Faulkner is either a government plant, a hyper patriot, someone with a mental illness, or just an idiot.

    June 18, 2010 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  14. Noble9

    How did he get through airport security with a sword?

    June 18, 2010 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  15. ballz

    Is that Bob Seger? 😛

    June 18, 2010 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
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