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. Kuyong

    I would like to his face when he finds out that Osama bin Laden doesn't even exist.

    June 17, 2010 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Gary Faulkner Pwns Chuck Norris

    Note to foreigners and US citizens who constantly bash the US: Get the F*** over it or leave and don't come back. Thank you.

    June 17, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. garey

    Sharon how many Christians blew up the world trade center? Muslims hate all non muslims..kill them all and let God deal with them.

    June 17, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • eltrip

      Your tolerance is stunning. If we engage in a war against a religion, I suspect we'll be regarded in the same respect as the last regime that tried to eliminate a religion.

      June 17, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      You're so right Garey. And remember the 6 million jews that were gassed and incinerated by Muslims in WW2! Oh wait...that's not right.

      June 18, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. HeIsGod

    My heart goes out to Gary. I don't know what to say, but that he put his life in danger. He must have had so much hate towards OBL. That is not what a Christian should have, hate rule over the heart. I know it wasn't easy for us to go through what we did on 9/11, but God is the One who brings healing to the broken heart.

    June 17, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sam

    Bin Ladin should be very flattered to hear that anyone is looking for him. GWB wasn't misspeaking when he said he had no interest in catching Bin Ladin. It's actually counter-productive for the long-term goals of the US in Afghanistan to kill the perception of a bogeyman conducting a mythical worldwide organization from a mountain cave. The fact that 9-11 would have happened with or without the existence of Afghanistan and the reality that every terror attack against the West since 9-11 has been hatched outside of Afghanistan is a truth that is too preplexing for most Americans.

    June 17, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bean La-Then

    He looks like John Denver!

    June 17, 2010 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. 2012

    Faulkner for President

    June 17, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. winston

    @sharon yeah, but it;s all these moderates that put us on this slippery slope that keeps us from even being able to criticize all religion (especially moderates) for the absurdity that it is.

    re the article. Bush told him 'Wanted Dead or Alive' and w/god on his side, this idiot took him for reaL.
    (not realizing that was part of a media event to start these wars) bin ladin should not be caught. Those who are 'caught; should not be tried in public .And bin ladin for all his terrorism (African embassies, the cole etc) and religious extremism could not have had anything to do with 911 because it is obvious to anyone who takes even a cursory look at the known facts of the day that explosives were used to demolish wtc's 1,2 & 7

    June 17, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ben

    His family should be talking with the video game industry.

    June 17, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. wcb2009

    Are we sure they weren't just filming the new Cheech & Chong movie 'Afghani Dreams'

    June 17, 2010 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bill

    This guy looks like John Denver!

    June 17, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bill

    Rocky Mountain High, Got cakes on the griddle!

    June 17, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Aaron

    Awesome, too bad he got caught, they should do what Trey Parker and Matt Stone did Team America, go through a total transformation, skin pigment, etc.

    June 17, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Chris in Dallas

    Are we sure that is not Tommy Chong looking for opium?

    June 17, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. NonLovinObamaMomma

    I gotta say...what's crazier is that we haven't prioritized finding this f-er yet ourselves, so in my book, this guy can think he's the gueen of sheeba – he's still more sane than our politicians and obviously (no matter how nuts) he felt the need to take matters into his own hands. So, Obamster – are you going to hunt this dirt bag down? Maybe you can bow before him too.

    June 17, 2010 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • marye

      I don't see him as "nuts." He may be one of the few real Americans left!

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