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. inkblot

    I didn't know Tommy Chong was hunting Bin Laden

    June 18, 2010 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  2. Scott A

    We have terrorists here in our own country. Examples: the Phelps family that picket funerals, anti-choice oddballs that hurl obscenities at abortion clinics, the religious right in general, and these tea party folks who are trying to turn America back into a Puritan state with their wishes for white supremacy and no government...unless its something that costs them money...then they're okay with the government doing it. Why isn't this guy's mission to stop these terrorists? Bin Laden should be caught yes, but he'd just be replaced with someone else who is being backed with Saudi money. If you want to make America a better place, then why not deal with those (using the examples I gave) who are trying to ruin this country...and what's left of our humanity...from within.

    June 18, 2010 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
    • marye

      So sad. Another person that thinks that allowing the murder of the helpless unborn is an example of "humanity!"

      June 18, 2010 at 5:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. LooneyMD

    Beneath Gary Faulkner's beard there is no chin, only another FIST.

    June 18, 2010 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. Spendlove

    The author of this article was so at a loss for information he or she resorted to reporting on blog comments related to the dude.. how the mighty have fallen.

    June 18, 2010 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. Woody Brown

    One lone man, armed with a pistol, sword, bible and night-vision goggles tracking the F.B.I. #1 most wanted criminal in hostile foreign territory...this is the absolute quintessential definition of an American patriot.

    June 18, 2010 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  6. InkSmith

    Why is anyone trying to stop this guy? Is Hunting Bin Laden Illegal?

    June 18, 2010 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
  7. pflo

    9/11 happened because the FBI and the Bush government failed. END OF STORY

    the perpetrators of 9/11 all died on 9/11. END OF STORY.

    bin laden is a putz coward.END OF STORY.

    June 18, 2010 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Nik Green

      The perps of 9/11 are all dead? Are you sure? Where did you get this information from? We know that Khaled Sheikh Mohammed is an egomaniac, a proven liar, hypnotized and drugged by CIA personnel, and tortured (183 waterboardings and other undisclosed methods). Any "evidence" he puts forward as a witness or defendant will be disqualified in court as unreliable. But was one of the perps? Or a convenient patsy?

      How about the the 19 alleged hijackers? There is no evidence that would stand up in a court case that points to *any* hijackers on those planes.

      (1)The cell phone calls from Flight AA77 referring to "middle eastern men with boxcutters" never happened (Check out US vs Moussaoui, FBI statement referring to cellphone records). (Ted Olson lied under oath).
      (2) There were no ticket purchases made by people with Arabic names on the 4 flights.
      (3) No middle eastern people were on the 4 flight manifests as issued by AA and UA.
      (4) No ticket counter clerk has testified re. Arabs checking bags or buying tickets for those flights.
      (5) The security videotape of Atta at Boston Logan does not have a reliable chain of custody and the date stamp could have been added at any time.
      (6) No body parts of any Middle Easterner have shown up on autopsy reports.
      (7) If there were hijackers on those planes, the pilots would have punched the 4 digit hijack code in seconds... as it took (according to the 9/11 Commission) at least 30 seconds for "the hijackers" to break through the locked the flight deck door.
      (8) On Flight AA77, the CVRs reported that the flight deck door remained locked from takeoff to impact.
      (9) At least 7 of the alleged hijackers were reported alive after the attack. One even turned himself into the US Embassy in Casablanca, Morocco, protesting his innocence. Yet his name (Walid al Shehri) is still posted as one of the 19.

      So... who were the perps?

      June 18, 2010 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Rayal

      Here we go again...another conspiracy theorist. You people just crawl around through history and pull out ignorance and claim its the truth. Go away and find more like yourself and stop preaching to the realist.

      June 18, 2010 at 4:14 am | Report abuse |
    • marye

      NO! No cop-out by blaming the government. The American PEOPLE have failed. A nation's people truely " get the government they deserve."

      June 18, 2010 at 5:48 am | Report abuse |
  8. BK

    At least one American has the cojones to try to do what our inept government has not done. I salute him. Shame on us as Americans for not having thousands of volunteers hunting him and the others of his clan...

    June 18, 2010 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
  9. BK

    This man is an American Samurai..He deserves praise and support...Maybe he will inspire others to act.

    June 18, 2010 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
  10. Alec Aucker

    He's probably doing a better job of finding Osama than we are. Osama is most likely dead though, and if he isn't he doesn't have any influence or power. This is just about oil, and it always has been.

    June 18, 2010 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
  11. the leveller

    this guy is doing his own thing and that is admirable. To be fair, taking down the world trade center was a nice move, in the grand scheme of things it helps to bring down a people when they take too much. law of the universe, karma. All the same, if this chap does find bin laden, perhaps a little chit chat on christian/muslim dialectics may result in an enlightening realisation that all religions are one and they may kiss and make up. That's the dream. Hug binladen, down with the arms. peace

    June 18, 2010 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jude

    Some spend a life time looking for aliens, the yeti, lock ness etc etc. They have all the time in the world and so not have to account to any other human (spouse/children). Self absorbed, a someday i'll be a hero hobby.

    June 18, 2010 at 2:38 am | Report abuse |
  13. SJtR

    God bless Faulkner for this. At least he is making an effort!

    June 18, 2010 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |
    • johnmont

      why would god bless a violent, vengeful, hateful man? Attention "Christians" what was one of Jesus' main themes? Can't wait to hear the answers

      June 18, 2010 at 3:12 am | Report abuse |
    • marye

      Was one of them "judge not that you be not judged?"

      June 18, 2010 at 5:58 am | Report abuse |
  14. AnAmerican

    If you want things done right, you gotta do 'em yourself. You go Gary!

    June 18, 2010 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
  15. John Kantor

    300 million Americans and he's the only one willing to do what it takes.

    June 18, 2010 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Nickols

      He didn't do squat except burn and freeze in the wilderness.

      June 18, 2010 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
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