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. deb

    wow!!! My thoughts too..this is the way it likely needs to be done! Bin Laden needs to be caught. This guy is brilliant. Yes, may the power of the Lord go with him and give him divine insight.
    He is not hurting anyone...and I hope the Pakistani government blesses him and sends him along his way. perhaps even providing sherpas and scouts and all he needs. Or is it possible...that those in authority American or otherwise do NOT want Bin Laden found.

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

      Okay, but when he gets captured by Al Qaeda and they behead him, I hope that you'll keep in mind that YOU were the one that sent a guy with a pistol, a sword, and some books after the leader of a terrorist organization that has been fighting in the mountains of Afghanistan for thirty years. Just don't blame Obama for not being able to bring this "American Hero" home.

      June 17, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. lennonisALIVE!!

    He is a live!! It's john lennon.. our hero!!

    June 17, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Logan9773

    Tell me again why we stopped this guy? We have should have given him some better weapons and our total blessings.

    What a bunch of sheep our leaders have become.

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

      He was arrested by the Pakistanis you idiot.

      June 17, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sharon

      Do you read at all? By "we" I am guessing you mean the Americans and he wasn't caught by the Americans... but the Pakistanis – because he was in THEIR country. And they no doubt do NOT want untrained, armed and dangerous foreigners running around their streets trying to kill someone. He would likely have ended up killing someone innocent or getting hurt himself. How would the Americans like it if an armed and dangerous foreigner was roaming freely in the US trying to kill someone????

      June 17, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Logan9773

    "Or is it possible...that those in authority American or otherwise do NOT want Bin Laden found."

    One wonders.

    June 17, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zack

      Or maybe you're just a paranoid idiot, but hey....

      June 17, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      @Logan9773 makes perfect sense, @Zack. What would the leaders of our country have to gain from bringing a dangerous terrorist, responsible for the murder of thousands of Americans, to justice?

      One wonders.

      June 17, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • billy bob

      Bin Laden,cant kill someone thats been dead for years

      June 18, 2010 at 6:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. SJB

    Hehe....What a dope!

    June 17, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JCT

    Not to sure how smart it is for him to have his face splashed everywhere if he's a hunter. I wonder anyway how effective he can be now. Even if he had some credible info, it's certainly bogus now...Me wonders if there is more desire for fame than the rightful end of the quest intended....

    June 17, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sharon

      Um – are you suggesting he was going to be productive before he got caught? How would just an ordinary person have credible info? Hello? Good grief.

      June 17, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      he was out there looking for info so he isn't an ordinary person like you just sitting on your butt

      June 17, 2010 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ajk68

    As I sit here and listen to John Denver, I look at this guys picture and say "Plane Crash, hah!"
    There's a conspiracy for you pal.

    June 17, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. tha dizzo

    Our own government can't seem to get the job done with anything these days. It's people like Gary and AZ Governor Jan Brewer among others who make me proud to be an americian and actuallly step up to the plate to do the government's job for them!

    June 17, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      The govt can do the job its just not in the interests of the people making the campaign contributions.

      June 17, 2010 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. IaCheNeHe

    I like focused people regardless of the story. I'm sure Faulkner has his ear closer to the ground then most Intel. I say let him go about his business for the bounty.

    June 17, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ed

    You Dr Perry Fisher, are a dimwit. Would it be possible to pull it off? who knows but why fault a man for trying?

    June 17, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sharon

      Because he's armed in a foreign country trying to kill someone? Let me just guess – would the US let an armed and dangerous foreigner roam the streets trying to kill someone? Ummmm. I think not.

      June 17, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. IaCheNeHe

    Someone take the drugs away from Dr Bombay!

    June 17, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. james


    June 17, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jpl89

    I understand the pistol, the night vision goggles, even the "Christian literature"...but a sword?

    June 17, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      The sword has a very symbolic meaning to most tribal people in Pakistan and every man carries one. Anyone wanting to blend in would need to be wearing one.

      June 18, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim From Texas

      Someone questioned or ridiculed having a swordas a weapon. Ever been in the Military? Out of Ammo? FIX Bayonettes! I think a good sword would have been better than a Bayonette.

      June 26, 2010 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  14. Al

    Nah, you all are way off. He was just trying to cut the middle man out in his quest to get that hashish cheaper.

    June 17, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ryk

    Is it just me or does this guy look an awful lot like Tommy Chong? What a Cheech n' Chong movie THAT would make! They did find some hashish on him didn't they? "Dude, I thought it was Osama BONG Laden."

    Yeah baby!

    June 17, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
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