This Jan. 2006 photo provided Tuesday, June 15, 2010 by the Larimer County, Colo. Sheriff's Office shows Gary Brooks Faulkner, after he was arrested on a Compulsory Insurance charge.A lone American, on orders — he claims — from God himself, ventured to Pakistan to hunt Osama bin-Laden. Pakistani officials found him wandering around with a cache of weapons, as the AP reports via Google News (WebCite cached article):

An American construction worker detained in Pakistan while on a solo mission to kill Osama bin Laden claimed Wednesday that he was obeying an order from God to avenge the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, said Pakistani security officials.

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.

This article includes the obligatory blurb from family members claiming there’s nothing wrong with the guy and he’s only doing what ought to have been done in the first place:

Catching bin Laden was 50-year-old Faulkner’s passion, his brother Scott Faulkner said. A devout Christian with a prison record, Faulkner has been to Pakistan at least six times, learned some of the local language, and even grew a long beard to blend in, relatives and acquaintances said.

“Our military has not been able to track Osama down yet. It’s been 10 years,” Scott Faulkner told reporters in Denver. “It’s easier as a civilian, dressed in the local dress, to infiltrate the inside, the local people, gain their confidence and get information and intel that you couldn’t get as an American soldier, Navy SEAL, whoever you might be.”

News flash for the Faulkner family: Individual infiltrations are exactly the sort of thing the Special Forces already do! And I’m betting they’re a lot better trained in it than this guy is. But then, the Faulkners seem not to think that matters, because the Lord will provide:

[Senior Pakistani police official Mumtaz Ahmad] Khan said when Faulkner was asked why he thought he could trace bin Laden, he replied, “God is with me, and I am confident I will be successful in killing him.”

Just one question: How good of a job was God doing, if instead of guiding Faulkner to bin-Laden’s hidden lair, he led him — instead — into a Pakistani patrol? Just wondering out loud.

I’m also wondering about something else. Faulkner is “a devout Christian with a prison record”? How exactly does that work? I thought believing in Jesus made Christians into upstanding citizens, because morality can only come from God?

Photo credit: AP Photo/Larimer County Sheriff’s Office.

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