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American on alleged Laden hunt caught in Pakistan

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  1. GoldWampum

    GoldWampum Midas Member Midas Member

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    American on alleged Laden hunt caught in Pakistan

    By CHRIS BRUMMITT and MUNIR KHAN - Associated Press Writers
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    ISLAMABAD -- An American man armed with a pistol and a 40-inch sword was detained in northern Pakistan as he tried to cross the border into Afghanistan on a mission to avenge the 9/11 attacks and kill Osama bin Laden, police said Tuesday.

    Police said Gary Brooks Faulkner, a 51-year-old construction worker, also was carrying Christian literature and a small amount of hashish.
    Faulkner's sister, interviewed in Colorado, said her brother has polycystic <nobr>kidney disease</nobr> that has left him with only 9 percent kidney function and needs <nobr>dialysis</nobr>.

    But Deanna M. Faulkner, of Grand Junction, Colo., told The Associated Press that she didn't think her brother's illness was his motivation in going to Pakistan.

    "I don't believe this was, 'I'm dying and I'm going to do a hurrah thing.'" She said her brother is "very religious" but declined to elaborate.

    Late Tuesday, the top <nobr>police officer</nobr> in the Chitral region declined to repeat his earlier statement that the American had said he was on a mission to kill bin Laden. Mumtaz Ahmad Khan did not retract his remarks but said that they were not the American's "pure words." He put down the phone when asked to elaborate.

    Khan did repeat earlier allegations that Faulkner was armed with a pistol, the sword and a dagger when he was arrested late Sunday. He declined to give more details, saying Faulkner was now in the hands of the country's all-powerful intelligence agencies.

    The whereabouts of bin Laden is a very sensitive issue for Pakistan's military and intelligence establishment. Their officials generally deny the possibility that bin Laden is hiding somewhere along the Pakistan-Afghan border as Western intelligence agencies believe.

    Bin Laden has evaded a massive manhunt since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, which he is accused of masterminding along with other attacks. Washington has offered a bounty of $25 million for information leading to his capture.

    Faulkner was picked up in a forest in the Chitral region late Sunday, Khan said.

    "We initially laughed when he told us that he wanted to kill Osama bin Laden," Khan said. But he said when officers seized the weapons and night-vision equipment, "our suspicion grew." He said the American was trying to cross into the nearby Afghan region of Nuristan.
    Chitral and Nuristan are among several rumored hiding places for bin Laden along the mountainous 2,400-kilometer-long border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    Faulkner was being questioned Tuesday by intelligence officials in Peshawar, the main northwestern city. He has not been charged.
    Khan said the man told investigators he was angry after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States.

    "I think Osama is responsible for bloodshed in the world, and I want to kill him," he quoted him as saying.

    Khan said Faulkner was also carrying a book containing Christian verses and teachings.

    Asked why he thought he had a chance of tracing bin Laden, Faulkner replied, "God is with me, and I am confident I will be successful in killing him," Khan said.

    He said police confiscated a small amount of hashish, enough for a single joint, from Faulkner.

    Faulkner allegedly told police he visited Pakistan seven times, and this was his third trip to Chitral, a mountainous region that attracts adventurous Western tourists and hikers. Unlike much of northwestern Pakistan, it is considered relatively safe for foreigners.
    Faulkner arrived in the Chitrali town of Bumburate on June 3 and stayed in a hotel there.

    He was assigned a police guard, as is common for foreigners visiting remote parts of Pakistan. When he checked out without informing police, officers began hunting for him, Khan said.

    U.S. Embassy spokesman Richard Snelsire said the mission had received notification from Pakistani officials that an American citizen had been arrested. He said embassy officials were trying to meet the man and confirm his identity.

    Deanna Faulkner said her brother usually gets dialysis every three days but can go up to two weeks without it.

    "He was planning on getting back here before then," she said. She didn't know when he left the country.

    "We contacted the State Department to let them know of his medical condition and that his family is here and we love him," Deanna Faulkner said.

    She said family members haven't heard from him since he left the country.

    "He's in a country where he can't get word out," she said.
    She said Scott Faulkner was a construction worker who has lived in both Colorado and California, but she declined to say where he was living when he left for Pakistan. She said he will be 52 at the end of the summer.

    "If this is your family member, there you go. What do you do?"
    She said her brother isn't in danger of dying anytime soon unless he doesn't get dialysis in a week or two."People can live 20 years on dialysis," she said.

    "I'm worried about him. I'm worried that in Pakistan they won't give him his dialysis and if he doesn't get it, he's in serious trouble."
    Asked about Pakistani authorities saying Faulkner had made previous trips there, Deanna Faulkner said, "He has been all over the world many times."

    "Obviously, we love and care for our brother, our family member. Without the treatment, healthwise, he's in serious trouble."

    Associated Press reporter Dan Elliott in Denver, Colorado, contributed to this report.

    Read more: http://www.modbee.com/2010/06/15/1210061/american-on-mission-to-kill-bin.html#ixzz0rPXCs4GT
     
  2. coopersmith

    coopersmith for fuck sake.......... Silver Miner

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    Along with the weapons, I heard he had a big chunk of hash. Makes perfect sense, he is from Boulder.
     
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    The story is definitely bazaar. I wonder how much bearing his supposed "Freedom to Travel and Associate" will have on his case. J/K of course.
     
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    musta been some cosmic grade hashish.... bin ladins not to be found by anyone period. :haha: never was ! never will.:Sleeping:
     
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    He would be better off frequenting cemeteries. Laden's been takin a dirt nap for some time now.
     
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    The dialysis angle is interesting, though. Get captured in the remote mountains, and ask to be taken to the nearest dialysis machine, knowing Bin Laden also requires dialysis.
     
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    yea the hashassin move. :Ninja: the double dialysis stalker after bin dead laden.
     
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    That's what I"m saying, it's bazaar to the paragraph. As Vince Lombardi once said, "What the HELL'S goin' on around here".
     
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    a true magician never gives up the seceret of how the tricks pulled. if a bin laden was caught shortly after the takeover who/ how the hell could ya sell the sheep on total prison commie type laws and hit the m.e. ta boot. got to take land that got goodey$ . and have a reason. once in the door aint ez giting tptb out as another boogie man will pop up. mind games via meida.... all meida. :What:
     
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    ...wife asked what my brother was up to...
     
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    He wasn't hunting-he was poaching.
     
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    I hope he brings back seeds!

    :dance:
     
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    Funny thing about reality...


    I don't know why everyone is infatuated with Bin Laden...

    I remember reading that on the FBI list that he's not even a 'person of interest'
    and that it was a foregone conclusion that he had nothing to do with 911.

    This is a prime example of READY! FIRE!! AIM!! at work...

    He's not bin caught because he's not done anything, yet the media whores
    spout government propaganda to the contrary so that we have a focus, just as
    they did in WWII with the "JAPs" or the "GOOKs" "KRAUTs" etc.

    Better we should concern ourselves less with Burkas and more with our own
    gooberment screwing the pooch at every turn and telling us how free we are
    because of it.


    This guy is a nut job from the People's Republic of Boulder (that's how we refer
    to them here in Colorado) and with that knowledge, nothing else needs to be said....
     
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    Yeah but I thought Boulder was a Leftist loony bin. I guess there are a few oddballs everywhere.
     
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    It IS a leftist loony bin...hardly a Republic, but perhaps that's the joke?


    Kids that go to Boulder for an education come away with a mind full of fanciful 'what ifs'
    that only seem to have validity around the 40th parallel, for once you leave there, reality
    rears its ugly head and slaps some sense into those pea brained 'let's use your money' ideas....
     
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    Yep, I knew some of those "grads" when I worked at Woodward in Ft. Collins and Loveland. They'd like to buy the world a coke...
     
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    so what dose one say when they cant do propaganda anymore on their new job application ?
     
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    Woodward! Holy smokes...! I used to fix their copiers. Lived in FTC for 16 years...
    Those Woodward guys looked like they were in the military - all uniformed up.

    Then there were the recruits out painting that iron fence each year! What a memory...!
     
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    yeah, I came in about the time they went casual. When I interviewed was the day of the old CEO's funeral, LOL. The poor bastard, everyone was glad he was gone. My job was on the road for weeks at a time and back in the office for a few days or a week. They took on a new large product line, AND the installation and start up of it, which was a break from tradition. So they needed some Field guys at the time to manage it. It was a good job really. I had pretty much free reign on the road. When the office eng's came out to set up their various pieces they reported to me, and when I was in the office, I helped them.

    It was large automatic cylinder balancing for the gas engines used to pump along the gas lines from the gulf area on up the eastern seaboard states. Good times, good free reign and good money. What happened on the road, stayed on the road.
     
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    and LOL the cruits. Ha, some of them were those guys from CU haha haha
     

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