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Gary Brooks Faulkner: quixotic bounty hunter, secret agent, or hero?

Gary Brooks Faulkner was detained in Pakistan Tuesday, and is undergoing psychological tests today. He said he was there to assassinate Osama bin Laden. Some Pakistanis wondered if he was working for the US government or Blackwater. His brother defended him as a 'man on a mission.'

Dr. Scott Faulkner talks about his brother, Gary Brooks Faulkner, during a news conference outside the studios of a television station in Denver on Tuesday. Gary Brooks Faulkner, an American detained in Pakistan after local authorities found him carrying a sword, pistol and night-vision goggles on a mission to hunt down and kill Osama bin Laden.

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Gary Brooks Faulkner, an American detained in Pakistan, on a personal mission to kill Osama bin Laden, will face psychological testing before authorities decide whether to prosecute him, says an intelligence official.

One day after his arrest, officials and analysts are pondering what to make of Mr. Faulkner, a Colorado construction worker taken into custody in northern Chitral district carrying a gun, a 40-inch sword, night-vision goggles, Christian literature, and, according to an unnamed security official cited by the Pakistani daily, Dawn, a “small amount of hashish.”

“He’s quite likely a loner, an adventurer who thought he could accomplish what others could not,” says Talat Masood, a retired general and security analyst. “With all the resources at [the United States] disposal they would not require his services.”

Faulkner, according to his brother, Scott, has not served in the US military. But he told that his brother is in "great shape" and has been trained in hapkido, a Korean martial art.


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