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. coder2

    And post ur drawings so all the sub-humans can see it

    June 17, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joe

    What did he even get picked up for. Is it against the law to walk across Afghanistan and carry a sword. What harm is he doing to anyone or anything.

    June 17, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JG

    In the correct geographic region with armed intent and basically thwarted by the Pakistan government. It looks to me like he personally came as close as the combined might of NATO.

    It is hard to see how anything he has done is a crime from the perspective of the United States. We have offered huge bounties for Bin-Laden. If you asked me this is how to solve the problem in the first place.

    June 17, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. imran kadha

    amrikan will do anything to attract attention. i dont care what they say but this man is a junkie and a lunatic. pakistan
    tribal codes are very strict and this junky was lucky they did not make a jig saw puzzle out of him. stay away from
    my country, you are not welcome.

    June 17, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • marye

      Imran Kadha, what are YOU doing to "help" your country?

      June 18, 2010 at 4:45 am | Report abuse |
    • bestglenn

      The twin Towers were in our country. You started it. We will finish it.
      Keep watching.

      June 18, 2010 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
    • pakipower

      you say that WE started it??
      Wat a knob !

      and you say that you will finish it 😛
      Well mate if getting YOUR ass kicked in AFG is how youre going to finish it, Go ahead...its goin to be worse than Vietnam.

      Hey and what happened to IRAQ?? was'nt you guys down there sometime ago aswel? dont hear about that anymore?
      mission accomplished??

      June 18, 2010 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  5. Go Gary!

    Wow, I cannot believe there are SO many of you that think he is what is wrong with our country. Fortunately the fact is YOU are what is wrong with this country. Pakistan is not doing anything to help us, so why should we not hunt a man in their country? What about our enlisted men? They are hunting Bin Laden, are they not heroes too? You haters are simply Un-american filth..support your country or shut up/put up. Finally WHERE OH WHERE did it say he didn't have any training for this mission? Did the article EVER ONCE say anything about his past? I doubt he would embark on this journey at his own expense and risk of life if he did not feel slightly confident about his ability to succeed. I wouldn't doubt that he has prior military experience, but like the rest of you haters I am only speculating. He is a hero...thank you Gary!!

    June 17, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • JCT

      Yeah, I agree with you. We or anyone else know very little about "what" he knows, or what his actual capability's are, we're over here, playing on our computers, he's over there at least looking like he's trying to do something.

      SHARON, this if for you....
      You sure use a lot of words and judgement to say absolutely nothing......

      June 17, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Why shouldn't we hunt a man in their country? Maybe because they don't want their country becoming a war zone. Would you be OK with allowing other foreign nations to come armed into our country to hunt people on their government's hit list? I wouldn't.

      You and many others seem to have an awful lot of faith in this man's competence and sanity. Why is that? He goes over to a foreign country with weapons and a Bible to hunt someone who is likely very well-hidden and well-guarded. It's courageous, but it's also foolish. Some would call it insane. What did this man really hope to accomplish, aside from possibly becoming a hostage that the US government would invariably have to negotiate over, or risk soldiers to rescue?

      June 18, 2010 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  6. Nigel

    I agree with the people who maintain that Gary Faulkner’s quest to grab Bin Ladin was in direct response to the bounty being offered. If people don't want to look for
    BL what's the point of a bounty? Set this mofo free, and let's see what he can do. Unfortunately, he might be out of vacation days at his job...oh well!

    June 17, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • JCT

      Well heck yeah its for the $$$!!! Why else would anybody but the military even think of going after him. I think if the guy gets his man, they should triple the bounty.....75 mill, sounds alot cheaper than 25 years of war....

      June 17, 2010 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. tom

    The guy is lucky. He could have been caught by Al Qaeda and beheaded on TV.

    June 17, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. michael Ahuja

    do did he catch bin laden?

    June 17, 2010 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. paul

    This man is sycotic, i can not believe he pulled off what he did and the whole western world fell for it, think about it, he does not even begin to look pakistani or afghan, he was going there to join bin laden in jidah, the get up and weapons and bible was not to convert bin laden to christianity which is impossible to, it was to get passed western and pakistani military and police so he could join bin laden , the very best he could do is gotten shot , alqaida is not going to waste thier time on a looser like him, further more bin laden in islam enters paridise with 72 virgins for killing all those innocent people he did,, in christianity, no one, but no one can enter eternity haveing killed one single man,women or child, how was he going to convert bin laden? totally imposible , do you think he was going to talk bin laden into surrendering? if he was a christian , why was he carrying a gun and knife, and his idiot brother thinking society should make a movie picture of this moronic man,which is mentally disturbed as being a american hero, come on america, if he was going to return to america you can bet he would be a security risk of the highest rateing, next we will find out either he was attending some mosque or accompanying some islamcs,

    June 17, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      wow, time for your meds paul.

      June 18, 2010 at 3:38 am | Report abuse |
  10. Bill Johnson

    I think he's a hero too. More people should take his lead. Why should you have to join the army to hunt Bin Laden. I could only dream of doing something so daring. Somebody questioned the sword and why have one? It's a passionate weapon that's very dangerous, and it probably would command respect from his medieval enemy.

    June 17, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Naana

    I agree that American's will do anything for attention, but this guy is also doing it for money which is another thing Americans will do anything for...... I would like to see Bin Laden caught, but if the NATO special forces cannot catch him, what's this misguided adventurous fool going to do.

    June 17, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jefffbo

    Gary , thanks for trying to show us an example of how much this hasn't worked for 10 years... You did more by stepping off the airplane than Bush did in 8 years.

    June 17, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dan

    If this man is vilified, then there is clarly a conspiracy, and there is no such thing as an Osama bin Laden.
    This guy did nothing more than show that Osama bin Laden is a myth born out of George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld's imaginations to contrive some grand conspiracy together to swindle the US government out of two trillion dollars. Go back to the records, and ask yourself, what happened on September 10, 2001? Donald Rumsfeld could not account for two trillion tax payer dollars. How quickly that was swept under the rug the next day. The US is manipulate by the government every single day. We are not even in a depression, like they would have you believe. It was all an attempt to get Mccain elected president in 2008. It backfired, but Obama wasn't going to give up 750 billion dollars – no way. Being elected as a politician is equivalent to hitting the lottery nowadays.

    June 17, 2010 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. me

    He is ill and suicidal.

    June 17, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. William Marlowe

    What is crazier. A guy hunting Osama Bin Laden for the reward money in Pakistan or a police force arresting him for doing so when they haven't been able to find him?

    June 17, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
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