American Arrested in Pakistan While “Hunting Bin Laden.” – But Why?

Gary Faulkner, seen in this 2006 mugshot, traveled to Pakistan several times to find Osama bin Laden.

by Brian Romanoff     Nor Cal Truth    June 18, 2010    

A California born man living in Colorado was recently arrested in Pakistan, allegedly hunting Bin Laden along an Afghanistan border.    

I first saw it on CNN June 15th:    

Gary Faulkner, 50, is being held in Pakistan after being stopped near the border with Afghanistan’s Nuristan province, Pakistani police announced Tuesday. He was carrying a pistol, a sword, night-vision equipment and Christian religious books, said Mumtaz Ahmed, a police chief in the area.    

He told police that he had been looking for bin Laden since al Qaeda’s September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington and had traveled to the area several times before, Ahmed said    

Raw Story covered it too:    

The suspect was arrested in the northern mountains of Chitral, once a rumoured hiding place of bin Laden, near Afghanistan’s Nuristan province, said police officer Mumtaz Ahmad Khan.    

Police identified him as Gary Brooks Faulkner. He was caught armed with a pistol, a dagger and a sword, carrying night-vision goggles, a night-vision camera and religious literature on Christianity, Khan said.    


Police said the American — who suffers from kidney problems and high blood pressure — arrived as a tourist in the district of Chitral, checked into a hotel and was given the customary security escort, before he vanished    

“On Sunday night, our security guard noticed that Gary had disappeared. A search operation was launched and we found him 14 kilometres (nine miles) short of the Pakistan-Afghan border. He was trying to enter Nuristan,” said Khan.    

What I wondered first was if there was a particular reason Faulkner was arrested. I could not find the reason for arrest in any of the “news” articles coming through on the subject. There is of course a reward for “information leading directly to Bin Laden’s arrest.”  So why stop someone who is working towards the goal?    

A reward of up to $25 million is currently being offered by the U.S. State Department in return for information leading directly to bin Laden’s arrest.    

The enormous rewards offered for bin Laden and other senior Al-Qaeda aides have attracted bounty hunters to the region, but Faulkner was seemingly the first alleged hunter detained in Pakistan.    

It was not until a few days later on the 18th that American officials were able to visit Faulkner.    

U.S. officials in Pakistan were allowed to meet Thursday with an American arrested while on a mission to hunt down Osama bin Laden, an embassy spokesman said.U.S. officials withheld identification because no privacy act waiver had been signed. But Pakistani police and intelligence officials say the individual is Gary Faulkner, who was arrested in northern Pakistan on Sunday.    

But it only took 1 day to start making him out as some sort of crazy guy on a religious quest:    

Faulkner underwent a medical exam Wednesday. A Pakistani doctor determined that he has psychological problems and has been undergoing dialysis every 20 days, said a senior Pakistani intelligence official, who is not identified because he is not authorized to speak to the media.    

The religious quest was mentioned by more unidentified sources on the 17th:    

Gary Brooks Faulkner said God revealed the order in one of his dreams, prompting him to travel to Pakistan in search of al-Qaida’s leader, said two security officials, one of whom is part of a team of investigators questioning the American.    

And this on the same day:    

Some have dismissed him as mentally unstable, which his brother, a physician, has denied.    

So what is really going on here? An American is being held in Pakistan for no reason that has been given to us, the American public.    

Is this an intelligence operation gone bad? Is someone trying to hunt the boogeyman and coming close to, too close to, an organizations efforts to hide the fact that Bin Laden is most likely dead? Is this a false story to bring the name Bin Laden back into the press bullet-in arena? Is this to justify more CIA drone attacks in Pakistan?

I don’t know for sure but I am looking forward to seeing more developing “news.”   

Does Gardner know that  Bin Laden was never indicted for his alleged role in 9/11, and that he is not featured on the FBI most wanted page for crimes relating to 9/11?   


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