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. Drewski

    Good for him, there is a certain point in a situation (like finding the poster boy of al qaeda) that most REAL patriotic country men should feel a sense of duty to actually try and take matters in their own hands and make an extra bit of difference. The way he did it, isn't the most ethical way, a bit extreme, but after Bin Laden has been uncaptured for 10 years then its time for a new more extreme type of approach, the military can only do so much, their are rules and boundary's that they must follow no questions asked. A bounty hunter on the other hand has more freedom and leeway to do as please, dont get me wrong, nobody should be running in there guns a blazing and acting like Rambo but an person(s) with determination, an education of the land and surroundings, the people and culture and some what military tactics could be what we need over their looking for Bin Laden, my biggest concern tho, is what are you going to do when you find him??? do you really think he will be alone? their is probably at least 25 al qaeda men around him acting as personal security at all times. i mean its only the head of a country wide terrorist organization.

    June 18, 2010 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  2. GeorgeD

    Continue your mission, grasshopper.

    June 18, 2010 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. Bryce in Baltimore

    The balls this guy must have, to do what he is doing, are larger than our country could contain. I give all the credit in the world to him for undertaking this "mission" while all of the critics mock and pass judgment. I love and encourage our American Quixote... even though the ending of his journey could be tragic.

    June 18, 2010 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Bryce in Baltimore

      I wish he had a sniper rifle though... that would give him a chance at least.

      June 18, 2010 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  4. Bosston Bob

    He did not get "caught", he came in because he needed dialysis for his kidney problems, and a shave!

    June 18, 2010 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  5. Nadz

    Trying to kill Bin Laden with a sword and a pistol is like trying to kill an elephant with a sewing needle (assuming Bin Laden is still alive). Does this guy think one the wealthiest terrorists in the world is sleeping in a tent by a campfire? What an idiot. And his brother needs his head examined as well.

    BTW "fitch" should just jump off a cliff and do us all a favor.

    June 18, 2010 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  6. Hunter1999

    the glasses make him look like an old janitor in an old high school somewhere in maine. I hope he wasn't wearing that during his raids. It's hard to be taken seriously with those glasses.

    June 18, 2010 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  7. Brian Smith

    Say hello to the new Ollie North – celebrated whacko bound to be speaking earnestly on Fox News and revered by millions.

    June 18, 2010 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  8. RS

    I think I would've liked this article even more, had he caught Bin Laden. Ah well ! I still think it's cool

    June 18, 2010 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. jms

    What's fascinating is that when an American does this, we immediately conclude that he is mentally ill. Yet when a religion effectively has an industrial base devoted to training people to do what this guy was doing, but on a much bigger scale, well, let's not call them radical folks, they're probably just agrrieved victims of American imperialism.

    June 18, 2010 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  10. WhyNot

    Why shouldn't he be over there hunting this jerk? OBVIOUSLY we haven't been successful so far right? The government put a 25,000,000 reward on bin loosers head, so why can't anyone go after it? Is the reward only valid for the towel heads in the area to claim?

    He sould have as much a right to go over there and deliver the loosers head on a stick and claim the reward as much as anyone else.

    June 18, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  11. edubs

    Yea this guy is bad ass, crazy or not. If I had half a sac I would join him. We would all be kissing his ass if he found BL, that is if BL is not dead already. I say this guy deserves a little credit!!

    June 18, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  12. pat

    he isn't really as extreme as the men in those mountains and osama bin ladin, he doesn't leave IUDs and mines to trap individuals, and he's not strapping a bomb to himself and running into a afghan business!!! Instead he has a pistol (why not upgrade to something w/ long rang), a sword (when will he get that close), night vision (so he can avoid cliffs at night), and holy books (now he looks crazy)!!! He is more like a volunteer mercenary for his country and his god, not a total nut planning domination, and condoning innocent deaths!!!

    June 18, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  13. WVLady47

    At least he tried something! Make him a villian for trying to do something while the rest of the country sits on their derriere's and complains and does nothing??? Typical of the complacency in our country! CUDOS TO THIS MAN! THANK YOU FOR AT LEAST DOING SOMETHING! Bin Laden is an every day threat to our country and until he is eliminated, NONE OF US ARE SAFE!!!!

    June 18, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  14. Patrick

    Our definition of American hero has really slid into nothingness.

    June 18, 2010 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  15. viperz4

    This dumb A.. Christian nut head should rott in Pakistani jail for breaking their laws. If the same guy was arrested in the U.S trying to pull some stunt like this, fox news and other media would have been all over him calling him religious fanatic and terrorist! Now that he is American and Christian, some people are calling him an American Hero?? Give me a break!!!

    June 18, 2010 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
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