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Before he came back home to Colorado, Faulkner had a layover in Los Angeles. At LAX he talked about his views, his health, but didn't disclose every detail about his trip to Pakistan.

Faulkner said to reporters, "What this is about is the American people, and the world, we can't let people like this scare us. We don't get scared by people like this, we scare them, and that's what this about. We're going to take care of business."

"I'd describe the situation, like I got dialysis. So, anyone got a kidney they can lend me so I can finish this up?" he said. "Unfortunately, I'd really, really like to give you guys more information, but there's a lot of people I've got to protect also."

A jubilant Faulkner stepped into the security check line at Los Angeles International Airport at about 7:20 p.m. Wednesday for his flight to Denver, accompanied by his brother, sister and mother.

"It's incredible to have him home," said Faulkner's sister, Deanna Martin.

Wearing a gray shirt, sandals and beige chinos, and with his long gray hair in a pony tail, Faulkner said he was well cared for during his confinement and that Pakistani medical workers administered dialysis to treat his kidney disease.

Asked if he planned to return to the region, Faulkner said, "Absolutely," adding cryptically, "You'll find out at the end of August."

Faulkner arrived hours earlier on an Emirates Airlines flight from Pakistan, where he'd been detained.

The 50-year-old Faulkner, of Greeley, said organizing his trip "took a lot of money and a lot of time." Shortly after arriving in Los Angeles, he spoke to reporters about his trip and his intent to get bin Laden.

His brother, Dr. Scott Faulkner, said he spoke to his brother briefly Tuesday, and he reported being treated well in Pakistan. By the excitement in his brother's voice, Scott Faulkner said he thinks his brother came close to finding bin Laden.

"He's in great spirits, I could hear it in his voice, he's got something special to tell us, I don't know what it is but I can't wait to hear it," Scott Faulkner said in an interview at 9NEWS Wednesday afternoon.

Gary Faulkner told officials he was out to kill the al-Qaida leader. Faulkner was then moved to Islamabad, and his brother told The Associated Press on Tuesday he was being released by the Pakistani government without charges.

"He said he couldn't wait to return to the good ol' U.S. of A," Scott Faulkner said. "I told him he was heading into a firestorm, and I don't think he fully comprehended what has been happening in America over the past week or so since the story broke."

Gary Faulkner is an out-of-work construction worker who sold his tools to finance six trips on what relatives have called a Rambo-type mission to kill or capture bin Laden. He grew his hair and beard long to fit in better.

Scott Faulkner told reporters last week his brother wasn't crazy, just determined to find the man America's military has failed to capture nearly a decade after the 9/11 attacks in the United States.

"Is it out the norm? Yes it is. But is it crazy? No," Scott Faulkner said. "If he wore a uniform and called himself special ops, would he be crazy?"

Faulkner left Colorado in May 30. Scott Faulkner, a physician in the northeastern Colorado town of Fort Morgan, dropped his brother off at the airport and wasn't sure he'd see him again. But he and other relatives have insisted that Gary Faulkner left the U.S. unarmed, had a valid visa for Pakistan and was guilty of no crime while there. Indeed, relatives have said they hope the trip encourages more people to look for bin Laden.

Another relative told 9Wants to Know Wednesday that Gary Faulkner did have to leave one thing behind in Pakistan: the now infamous sword he was carrying when caught by the Pakistani authorities.

(KUSA-TV © 2010 Multimedia Holdings Corporation with The Associated Press)

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