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. Bill

    Life ain't nothing but a funny funny riddle

    Thank God I'm a country boy

    June 17, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Pete

    I'm no fan of the Pakistani government but in this case we should thank them for picking this guy up before we all got to watch the video of him getting beheaded by the Taliban. Yes, in a way you have to admire his courage but realistically a single guy with no back-up and no training is just going to get himself into deep trouble doing this kind of thing.

    It's hard to accept that after all this time the US government with all its resources hasn't been able to capture or kill Bin Laden. Makes me suspect he's more valuable to the US "alive" than dead.

    June 17, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. treybo

    God bless America and nowhere else!

    June 17, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • vault 101 escapee

      Thanks for that quote. Is the Enclave going to swoop in and wipe out the extremists for us?

      June 18, 2010 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  4. Spendlove

    The militant version of Tommy Chong.

    June 17, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Coolmom

    I give him kudos for trying!

    June 17, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sparky

    "We all fall in love with Chuck Norris..." Not, Scott. This man may not be a sociopath but he's definitely deluded. How can he ever even imagine succeeding in his "mission," (a militant missionary?) if he doesn't even speak the language(s) of the peoples in these areas? That not only delusion; that's plain-vanilla stupid. That so many Americans apparently seem his as a hero truly speaks volumes about that segment of America–deluded too, living in Chuck Norris, Jackie Chan movieland. The real world is a bit more complex, folks. Better get with the game before the game gets you.

    June 17, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. George

    Crazy or not I support this guy all the way !!!!!
    He is a REAL AMERICAN HERO. If they send him back I hope he gets a book deal and movie.

    June 17, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • bathsheba

      book deals, reality shows and a fast buck are what America is known for.

      June 17, 2010 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mofles

    Give the guy a break. He's got the balls to go there and do it on his own, that's something we wouldn't ever do.

    June 17, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Critter

    The Pakistanis aren't going to let some armed foreigner cross their border just because he 'says he's looking for Bin Laden.'

    Hell, they won't even let real US soldiers cross, why would they let him? Being a bounty hunter isn't some magical free pass to go where you please.

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

    Some people spend years in college to get a career and some people spend years in life living out a career. It's his life, his time, his dream, let him live it. If he finds Osama he is 50 million dollars richer. No other career will bring you that kind of money.

    June 17, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. John

    This num nut had no courage to be alone in those rugged mountains after dark. He probably wanted to, and was caught within few hours after he left his police escort, lucky break for him..!!

    June 17, 2010 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. leftyavenger

    He should have gone to DC, where Osama Bin Laded was previously kept in the basement av studio to make cassette and vhs tapes to scare americans into giving up their civil liberties. Osama was on the Bush Payroll as a Ming the merciless stand in. Every time americans doubted Bush as being inept they broke out another Vhs tape that said I'll get ya if you do anything!

    June 17, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Snipe

    I commend him and admire him. A little of that could go a long way in waking us up to our duty to defend this country.

    June 17, 2010 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. andy wilson

    and how many Canadians are dying for the cause, at least he still remembers 9/11 and who is responsible

    June 17, 2010 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. American Truth

    He is out to get Osama Bin L for the 9/11 murders and destruction? There is only one problem and our so called here should have done a simple Google check and gone on our FBI site. There he would have found that FBI does not want Osama Bin Laden for the 9/11 attacks.
    Osama is not wanted in connection with 9/11. Is this sinking in now? Sorry that you wasted the last 10 years of your life trying to catch a terrorist for the wrong crime.

    June 17, 2010 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
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