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Gary Faulkner, just before boarding plane. Courtesy Dr. Scott Faulkner.

Los Angeles, California (CNN) -- Fresh off the plane from Pakistan, Gary Faulkner speaks passionately about his mission to capture Osama bin Laden.

"There's a lot of people who talk," Faulkner told CNN. "I got off my butt, and I put my life on the line."

This wasn't some fly-by-night trip, according to the 50-year-old construction worker. He says it was his seventh trip to Pakistan, searching for the al Qaeda leader whose terrorist network was responsible for the September 11, 2001, terror attacks on the United States.

How close did he get to bin Laden?

"If I had a rifle, I could shoot him," Faulkner claimed.

He hedged a bit when asked if he had actually seen bin Laden.

"I haven't seen him personally but [he was] very close," Faulkner said.

He was equally vague when asked to describe how someone would go about finding the man who U.S. authorities have not been able to capture in nine years, despite a $25 million reward:

"You let the spirit [of God] guide you."

Faulkner, who is on dialysis for kidney disease, explained that his mission was not a one-man operation. He said he had a team of people in Pakistan helping him.

"There's still very many people that have helped me, and their lives are in danger," Faulkner said. "If anyone knew who actually gave aid, I could put their life in big-time danger."

In addition, he said he was being protected by Pakistani authorities.

"I was never arrested; I was never detained; I was never captured," Faulkner said. "For my protection, they had to bounce me around because somehow my cover got blown.

"So they helped me go from place to place to place only so no one could ... get an actual location on me until they were sure that the airplane in Islamabad could be boarded without someone seeing me.

"Because if someone saw me and you had a LAW's rocket, it's nothing to take a plane out."

There is no way to independently confirm Faulkner's account. He faces no pending criminal charges for his actions.

His brother, physician Scott Faulkner says Gary does not have any mental health issues.

"He doesn't meet any of the DSM -- that's the psychiatric manual -- he doesn't meet any criteria for psychosis. He is not schizophrenic. He doesn't have schizophrenia. He doesn't hear voices. God isn't telling him, 'Oh, Gary, go get him, go get him.' He's a normal person. He handles himself in society," Scott Faulkner said.

The widespread media coverage of Gary Faulkner's arrest triggered reactions of both praise and outrage.

Faulkner dismissed both reactions, saying he was just standing up for his beliefs.

"You could say I'm a religious freak, you could say I'm a Rambo or a samurai or whatever," he said. "But ... I'm a person who said 'You know what, I'm going to get off my ass and do something.' And I'll be darned if I'm going to sit back and let anybody out there say 'Oh this or that' when they weren't there."

Faulkner blames media for giving the wrong impression for the Pakistani people and said he was treated very well.

"We may have differences in the way that we treat each other here and the way they treat each other there," he said. "I never felt threatened ... They've given me nothing but kindness and consideration."

He wouldn't say whether he plans to resume his hunt for bin Laden. But he said he left his pistol, sword and night vision goggles in Pakistan just in case.

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  • by WanaCare Susan Location: US on Jun 28, 2010 at 12:46 PM
    How does this guy get on the plane with a sword. My friend travels to No. Carolina and she is bind and they still go through everything she owns. They have checked my under-wires in my bra. I think it is CIA doing a little propaganda work like for the $trillion spend a yr. for military expenses including $500 Million for the gulfing and leisure in Guantanamo. CongressmanMike McIntyre, Walter B. Jones, and Larry Kissell all voted for these increases & $0 for a man that was documented innocent & released under Bush, Shaker Aamer, but stayed in solitaire for years. Also DR. Afia Siddiqui had her children taken & held by CIA for 7 years before being tried with no physical evidence in US. Tell these Congressmen & the Pres. to send these parent to their families & stop spending all the money on war & care about jobs, education and other forms of energy, like solar. Sincerely, WanaCare-Teacher- 4 Generation Citizen, Believing in Liberty for All or Life, Liberty and Justice for All.
  • by T on Jun 25, 2010 at 03:41 PM
    Off his happy pills or not, I have no doubt he would place one between Bin Ladens eyeballs. He is a man, in my opinion, who is VERY SERIOUS about this. If you think about it, he is not much different from the bad guys... he ain't afraid to die!! That, in itself, makes him dangerous to Bin Laden. You are the man Gary!! Bring Bin Laden back in a body bag!!!!! Crazy, you got that kind of brass ....? Doubt it!! If they hunt him Wayln, they will only become the pray!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 25, 2010 at 02:01 PM
    This guy is a real HERO in my book!! GO GARY!!! Our prayers are with you.
  • by Crazy on Jun 25, 2010 at 01:51 PM
    I think he has been off his "happy pills" too long. He has probably been taking trips to Sandals all these times.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Jun 25, 2010 at 12:31 PM
    It sounds like he is more dedicated to capturing Bin Laden than what Bush was and what Obama will ever be. Is the military even trying to search for him anymore? It seems like they are just out there fighting and wasting taxpayer's money along with some lives. Our guys should have captured Bin Laden before 2002 was over. Best of luck to this individual!
  • by Wayln Location: Southern Cross Tattoo salem va on Jun 25, 2010 at 10:42 AM
    now that thay know what u look like thay will prob. hunt you!!!!

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