The deadly strike against Osama bin Laden last night was the culmination of ten years of work by military and intelligence agencies from around the world. For private-sector bin Laden hunters, it was a message that maybe tracking down the world's most dangerous man is a task best left to trained professionals. Among the notable individuals over the past decade who tried and failed to collect the $25 million bounty on the terrorist's head:
Gary Brooks Faulkner
Probably the most infamous of all bin Laden hunters, Faulkner (right) made six trips to the Pakistan-Afghanistan border looking for bin Laden. He was arrested last June after border authorities discovered the 52-year-old diabetic construction worker was carrying handcuffs, a gun, a dagger, hashish, Christian literature, and, most famously, a 40-inch-sword. Pakistani officials said Faulkner told them his goal was "to locate bin Laden and kill him.” (He was released several weeks later. How close he came to catching the terrorist is in doubt. Faulkner's brother Scott told Time magazine his brother claimed to have seen a "bearded man in a white robe speaking on a walkie-talkie" in the mountains on his last two visits to Pakistan, the latest intelligence suggests the terrorist had been living in the Abbottabad compound where he was killed since 2006. Maybe he was on vacation too?