Bin Laden Hunter: Crazy, but on the Right Track

Gary Faulkner was searching exactly where the terrorist might be
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 16, 2010 7:42 AM CDT
This May 30, 2010 picture provided by Dr. Scott Faulkner shows his brother Gary Brooks Faulkner at the Denver International Airport en route to Pakistan.   (AP Photo/Dr. Scott Faulkner)
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(Newser) – Don't be too quick to laugh at the mental image of Gary Faulkner, Osama bin Laden bounty hunter, armed with a samurai sword and searching the forests of northwest Pakistan, writes Dexter Filkins: He was on the right track. Faulkner was actually searching where some of the sharpest intelligence analysts believe the terrorist is hiding: the district of Chitral.

Here's why, writes Filkins for the New York Times: The region is remote and mountainous, and far from the areas where many other intelligence analysts think he is. It's also relatively protected from Predators, because, as a Pentagon acquaintance told Filkins, the drones can't stay up very long because their bases are located far from Chitral. And, Filkins can't resist adding, the two men are weirdly similar: both religious, both have bad kidneys, both... For the rest of the list, read the post here.

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