Viewing cable 04MUSCAT2110
Title: EMBASSY MUSCAT EAC - 12/04/2004

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04MUSCAT21102004-12-05 03:10:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 SECRET//NOFORN Embassy Muscat
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S E C R E T SECTION 01 OF 02 MUSCAT 002110 
 
SIPDIS 
 
NOFORN 
 
DEPT. FOR DS/IP/NEA, DS/DSS/ITA, DS/DSS/CC, DS/OSAC, 
DS/IP/SPC/MSG, CA/OCS, NEA/EX, NEA/ARPI 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 1.6X1 
TAGS: AEMR ASEC PTER CASC KHLS KMSG OVIP AMGT KVPR MU EAC
SUBJECT: EMBASSY MUSCAT EAC - 12/04/2004 
 
REF: A. SECSTATE 257623 
     ¶B. MUSCAT 2093 
     ¶C. SECSTATE 250081 
 
Classified By: Ambassador Richard L. Baltimore III. 
Reason: 1.4(c)(g). 
 
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Summary 
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¶1.  (SBU)  Summary: The Ambassador chaired a meeting of the 
core Emergency Action Committee December 4 to review the 
Embassy's security posture following the local weekend. 
Members of the EAC noted no new threat reporting specific to 
Oman, and concluded that there have been no substantive 
changes in the local security environment since the last 
meeting.  Accordingly, the EAC agreed that the Embassy's 
already heightened security posture and FPCON remain 
appropriate.  End Summary. 
 
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Security Environment 
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¶2.  (SBU)  The Ambassador chaired a meeting of the core 
Emergency Action Committee ("EAC") December 4 to review the 
Embassy's security posture following the local weekend.  The 
meeting opened with a discussion of the local security 
situation, which the EAC continued to characterize as stable. 
 Likewise, the EAC noted no new threat reporting specific to 
Oman, and concurred that there have been no substantive 
changes in previously reported assessments of the security 
and threat environments.  Members of the EAC cited no 
security incidents among their staffs or family members over 
the weekend, and CONS confirmed that there were no security 
incidents or security-related queries from the private 
American citizen community. 
 
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Upcoming Events 
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¶3.  (SBU)  The EAC focused their review of upcoming events on 
the visit of Vice President and Mrs. Cheney to Muscat on 
December 7.  Security for the visit is being closely 
coordinated with U.S. Secret Service advance agents and Omani 
government security personnel. 
 
¶4.  (C)  RSO also provided an update on security preparations 
for the 229th U.S. Marine Corps Birthday Ball, to be held at 
the InterContinental Muscat on December 9.  As previously 
reported, security for the event will include extensive 
uniformed and plain-clothed Royal Oman Police (ROP) coverage 
in and around the venue, as well as EOD support and the 
enforcement of a no parking zone.  Surveillance Detection 
Unit assets will also provide support.  While the EAC agreed 
that screening invited guests with proper identification was 
not necessary, the ROP, who will also provide access control 
for the duration of the event, will be prepared to physically 
screen guests as required.  RSO noted that the ROP remains 
responsive to the Embassy's security needs, as witnessed by 
the protective security coverage provided for The American 
International School of Muscat's holiday ball, held on 
December 2. 
 
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Terrorist Tactics 
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¶5.  (SBU)  RSO briefly reviewed the contents of reftels A and 
C, regarding terrorist tactics.  RSO confirmed that 
appropriate security personnel and Embassy staff will be 
briefed as detailed in reftels. 
 
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Sustained Vigilance 
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¶6.  (SBU)  Prior to concluding the meeting, RSO reiterated 
that members of the EAC should continue reinforcing to both 
their staffs and family members the need for vigilance 
regarding all aspects of personal security, including the 
need to maintain a low profile and to remain unpredictable. 
RSO also re-emphasized the importance of immediately 
reporting suspicious activity or security-related incidents 
-- especially those involving suspected surveillance -- to 
Post One. 
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EAC Conclusion 
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¶7.  (S/NF)  The EAC concluded that there has been no 
substantive change in the local security environment since 
the last meeting held on December 1 (reftel B), and that the 
Embassy's FPCON and already heightened security posture 
remain appropriate.  Nonetheless, the EAC remains acutely 
aware of the need to monitor both the regional and local 
security and threat environments, and is prepared to take the 
necessary countermeasures should changes to either occur. 
AMB, DCM, RSO, ARSO, RMAS, P/E, CONS, MGT, MSG, DAO, OMC 
(USDR), and ECA (USCENTAF) participated in the meeting, which 
was preceded by a meeting of the Visas Viper Committee. 
BALTIMORE