DENVER (AP) - Gary Faulkner is back home in Colorado after his
personal quest to track down al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden ended
with his arrest in a northern Pakistan woods.
The Greeley, Colo., man was detained June 13 when authorities
found him armed with a pistol, a sword and night-vision equipment.
He was released Wednesday morning in Pakistan and reached Denver
The tired yet buoyant construction worker spoke briefly with
reporters, saying he was feeling good. "All I want to do is get
Faulkner declined to field questions about his trip or his
immediate plans as he was hustled through the airport by brothers
Todd and Scott.
But during a stopover in Los Angeles, Faulkner was asked by
reporters if he planned to return. "Absolutely," he said. He
added cryptically, "You'll find out at the end of August."
Faulkner said he was well cared for during his confinement and
that Pakistani medical workers administered dialysis to treat his
Scott Faulkner, a physician in the northeastern Colorado town of
Fort Morgan, said he intended to check his health on Thursday. He
traveled from Los Angeles with Todd, his sister Deanna and mother
In Pakistan, he told officials he was out to kill the al-Qaida
leader. He was eventually moved to Islamabad before being released
without charges, according to Scott Faulkner.
He also spoke about his intent to get bin Laden.
He said organizing his trip "took a lot of money and a lot of
"This is not about me. What this is about is the American
people and the world," he said in comments aired on KTLA-TV. "We
can't let people like this scare us. We don't get scared by people
like this, we scare them and that's what this is about. We're going
to take care of business."
Faulkner, who is unemployed, sold his construction tools to
finance six trips on what relatives have called a Rambo-type
mission to kill or capture bin Laden. He grew out his hair and
beard to fit in better.
Scott Faulkner said last week that his brother wasn't crazy,
just determined to find the man America's military has failed to
capture nearly a decade after the 9/11 attacks.
"Is it out of the norm? Yes, it is. But is it crazy? No,"
Scott Faulkner said. "If he wore a uniform and called himself
special ops, would he be crazy?"
State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley told reporters in
Washington that the family would have the best information on
Faulkner's case. Faulkner, two department officials have said,
refused to sign a waiver allowing the government to discuss his
"In this particular case, as in all cases where we have an
American citizen in custody of another country, we are in touch
with that individual, we are in touch with his family," Crowley
said. "We stayed in close contact with him and with his family
throughout this, and we are gratified it was resolved rapidly."
Faulkner left Colorado on May 30. Scott Faulkner dropped him off
at the airport and wasn't sure he'd see him again. But he and other
relatives have insisted that Gary Faulkner left the U.S. unarmed,
had a valid visa for Pakistan and was guilty of no crime while
Indeed, relatives have said they hope the trip encourages more
people to look for bin Laden.
"Now there's going to be hopefully a renewed effort to get this
guy - he's still wanted, and he's still out there," Scott Faulkner
said last week.