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. Alex

    i like it, he's a modern bounty hunter

    June 17, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ghost of Elvis

    Chuck Norris? Boba Fett? All i can say is that people are riled because what he tried is something that hasn't been achieved. Hollywood will do VALKERIE PART 2 with this story in mind.

    June 17, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dami


    June 17, 2010 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bill

    This man is obviously unstable and his brother should be ashamed to be seeking a profit. What sane man sacrifices his own life attempting something that the entire U.S. government has so far been unable to do? That is, unless avoiding a normal life by chasing a fantasy is his real motive. And he may crave the adulation that would come with killing bin Laden.

    June 17, 2010 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. primwe22

    I think he is cool....one man trying to make a difference. I would kill Bin Laden though....no question!

    June 17, 2010 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Painful Deceptions

      How can you kill someone who is either dead or is being protected by our own government. How long a man can live in the caves, who has bad kidneys (According to a 2002 CIA update) and needs dialysis every few days? But then we are Americans and are not supposed to ask intelligent questions or think logically!

      June 18, 2010 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
    • steve

      great post. Only if he had killed BL the US government would hang him. go figure

      June 18, 2010 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  6. futureshock999

    So...everyone praising this nutjob – how far, or how close, do you believe ANY non-Arabic speaking American is going to get in the backwaters of Pakistan? Any Pakistani will know this guy is either 1) CIA or 2) a nutcase, because no one else wanders around the tribal areas of Pakistan without being able to at least speak the language. This guy couldn't even buy a bus ticket or order food outside the major cities, let alone talk to people and get information. What, did he think if he just paraded around long enough he would run into Bin Laden buying milk at the corner shop? Was he planning on just walking into the tribal towns and call Osama out to a fight?

    It is one thing to mean well, it is another to show pure incompetence. No one but Arabic speaking people, who are known in the tribal region and have families there, get within miles of Bin Laden. That is why he is still alive, and that is why nutcases like this pose no real threat.

    June 17, 2010 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • nadimo

      woah woah! your intelegence is overwhelming, but sorry to bust your bubble, but arabic is not the spoken language of pakistan, or afghanistan. try urdu or subcontinent languages.

      June 18, 2010 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
    • steve

      people like you is just what the government loves, they can tell you anything a you believe it, I feel sorry for you, go back to the closet

      June 18, 2010 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  7. Cindy

    It's a darn shame he got caught and didn't complete his mission!

    June 17, 2010 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Stephen

    Too bad they didn't meet in the dark afterall...perhaps another time...he ought to be flown home at government expense..a hero without a doubt! Thanks for trying anyhow mate!!

    June 17, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bathsheba

    It is sad and comical that a dellusional man would have such ambition, fueled by nonesense fed to the American populace about a man that does not really exist. Does anyone really believe that one man with a turban and a cell phone with low batteries is running around the desert planning the downfall of the western civilization? We are managing that all by ourselves. If there is such a thing as karma it is now washing up on the shores of the Gulf. Given the thrust of the media in this country I am surprised there are not more like him floating around. perhaps if there were something would be getting done.

    June 17, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Painful Deceptions

      We have become the most Brain Washed nation in the world man. May God save the Land that I Love! I feel like crying at the state of our nation.

      June 18, 2010 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  10. Drew

    He's an "American hero?" My God how we toss that word around these days; just latch onto a sword and a delusion, and you too can be an American hero!

    June 17, 2010 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. eegur beevur

    as if muslim crazies weren't enough, we've now got jesus-freaks crawling out of the woodwork.

    June 17, 2010 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      what in the hell are you doing to save this country? It's so easy to sit on your ass and point fingers

      June 18, 2010 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  12. domestic terror

    Isn't this guy the same guy with the gas can and paint ball gun created the bomb scare in NY city recently. I'm sure its him in disguise! This is CIA! lol 9/11/01 was an inside job. Death to the evil empire!

    June 17, 2010 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Don Quixote


    June 17, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mtnrunner2

    Man, I've idly imagined this type of thing before, although I never got past the "fantasizing for 5 seconds while I'm waiting for a red light to change" stage. Way to go, Gary!

    June 17, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ugotbawlz

    @TorontoGuy – I am glad you don't live in THE UNITED STATES OF America, because we don't want or need your kind here. So go ahead and stay in CanaDUH! What a fruit...

    June 17, 2010 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
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