Dr. Scott Faulkner, brother of Gary Brooks Faulkner, the American who reportedly told the Pakistani authorities holding him that he was seeking Osama bin Laden in order to kill him, said of his brother: "He's not crazy. He's very smart..."
CNN has been showing an interview with the doctor.
In it, Dr. Faulkner said:
"The fact again is that he doesn't meet any DSM IV criteria for mental illness. He's not psychotic. He's not schizophrenic. He doesn't hear voices. He's a very passionate person."
Larimer County Sheriff's Office/AP Photo
Gary Brooks Faulkner in a Jan. 2006 Larimer County, Colo. Sheriff's Office photo.
Despite the doctor-brother's assessment, many people who come across this story will no doubt question the mental health of a man, a private citizen, who leaves Greeley, Colo. for Pakistan with the intent of finding and killing bin Laden.
The Associated Press reported that Pakistani officials at first didn't believe Faulkner when he told them why he was in Pakistan:
The 50-year-old Faulkner, who has a lengthy arrest record and served time in Colorado prisons, arrived June 3 in the town of Bumburate 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 looking for him, according to the top police officer in the Chitral region, Mumtaz Ahmad Khan. Faulkner was found late Sunday in a forest.
"We initially laughed when he told us that he wanted to kill Osama bin Laden," Khan said. But 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.
The physician described his brother, a construction worker, as a Christian on a mission.
He said his brother had decided to kill the al Qaeda leader because of the 9/11 attacks and for disparaging comments the doctor said bin Laden made about the "God of the Bible."
"My brother took that very personally," said Dr. Faulkner, who also identified himself as a Christian.
"As a Christian he felt not afraid that he could boldly step out, that doors would be opened for him. And I agree with him. The fact that he's been over there six times and has not received a scratch tells me that somebody's looking after him."
Dr. Faulkner described his brother as being "like a bulldog."
He also said his brother has failing kidneys and requires dialysis.
The CNN clip ends with Dr. Faulkner making a point many Americans would like agree with though many others would find it repellant:
"As an American, he's doing something that we would all wish to do. If we saw Osama walking down the sidewalk, you and I, well I know I would put a bullet in the guy's head."