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US airport guard accused of Obama threat

A private security guard at Newark Liberty International Airport was arrested on charges of threatening Barack Obama the night before the president was to fly there.

world Updated: Oct 22, 2009 01:37 IST

A private security guard at Newark Liberty International Airport was arrested on charges of threatening Barack Obama the night before the president was to fly there.

A Continental Airlines employee reported overhearing John Brek make threatening comments at an airport coffee cart on yesterday afternoon.

The 55-year-old security guard was arrested several hours later, Port Authority spokesman John Kelly said. He denied making the threats, said Malcolm Wiley, a spokesman for the US 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, Kelly said. The firearms were still being processed, but no illegal guns had been found.

A message left by The Associated Press at Brek's home today was not immediately returned.

His father, John, told The Star-Ledger of Newark that his son has the guns because he's an avid hunter.

Air Force One is scheduled to land at the Newark airport this afternoon.

"We take every threat very seriously," Wiley said. "We don't have the luxury of ignoring even the allegation of a threat."