Airport Guard Arrested Over Obama Threats

Fellow NJ worker reportedly overheard him making remarks
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 21, 2009 2:54 PM CDT
President Barack Obama speaks at Metropolitan Archives facility, in Landover, Md., Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – A private security guard at Newark Liberty International Airport has been arrested on charges of threatening President Obama before the president was to fly there. A Continental Airlines employee reported overhearing John Brek make threatening comments at an airport coffee cart yesterday afternoon. The 55-year-old security guard was arrested several hours later.

Brek denied making the threats, said a spokesman for the Secret Service. Obama will be in New Jersey today to campaign for New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine. Brek allowed police to search his Linden home, and officers found 43 firearms. The firearms were still being processed, but no illegal guns had been found.