Viewing cable 04MUSCAT2144
Title: EMBASSY MUSCAT EAC - 12/08/2004

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04MUSCAT21442004-12-08 13:59:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 SECRET//NOFORN Embassy Muscat
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S E C R E T MUSCAT 002144 
 
SIPDIS 
 
NOFORN 
 
DEPT. FOR DS/IP/NEA, DS/DSS/ITA, DS/DSS/CC, DS/OSAC, 
CA/OCS, DS/IP/SPC/MSG, NEA/EX, NEA/ARPI 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 1.6X1 
TAGS: AEMR ASEC AMGT PTER CASC KHLS MU EAC
SUBJECT: EMBASSY MUSCAT EAC - 12/08/2004 
 
REF: A. MUSCAT 2130 
     ¶B. TDX 314/67246-04 
 
Classified By: Ambassador Richard L. Baltimore III. 
Reason: 1.4(c). 
 
¶1. (U) The Ambassador chaired a meeting of the core Emergency 
Action Committee ("EAC") on December 8 to reassess the 
Embassy's security posture immediately prior to the USMC 
Birthday Ball and to discuss any additional concerns related 
to the attack on Congen Jeddah earlier in the week. 
 
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Security for the Marine Ball 
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¶2. (S/NF) The EAC reviewed the security preparations for the 
USMC Birthday Ball to be held on December 9.  RSO staff, MSG 
Detachment Commander, hotel security, and the Royal Oman 
Police conducted a final walkthrough of the venue to address 
last minute security concerns.  Despite the recent attack in 
Jeddah, the EAC concluded that there has been no change in 
the local security environment since its last meeting held on 
December 7 (reftel A), and that the Embassy's FPCON (Bravo) 
and already heightened security posture remain appropriate. 
RSO and RMAS affirmed that their Omani government 
counterparts continue to emphasize that they have control of 
the local security situation and are poised to respond to any 
imminent threat to American personnel or interests in Oman. 
 
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Further Response to Jeddah Attack 
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¶3. (SBU) The EAC reviewed the updated facts regarding the 
attack in Jeddah (reftel B).  The Committee determined that 
in addition to those measures discussed in reftel A, and to 
counter the threat to a possible "piggybacked" intrusion 
through the Embassy's main hard-line doors, all section heads 
will brief their staff on the need to ensure that the doors 
close completely behind them as they enter or exit. 
RSO will include this reminder in their new arrival security 
briefing.  RSO also noted that Surveillance Detection assets 
are routinely utilized to observe the public areas of the 
Chancery. 
 
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Maintaining Personal Security 
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¶4. (S/NF) Members of the EAC were reminded to continue 
reinforcing to both their staffs and family members the need 
to maintain a low profile and to remain unpredictable.  RSO 
re-emphasized the importance of immediately reporting 
suspicious activity or security-related incidents, especially 
those involving suspected surveillance, to Post One.  The EAC 
remains acutely aware of the need to monitor both the 
regional and local security environments, and is prepared to 
take the necessary countermeasures should changes to either 
occur.  AMB, DCM, P/E, RSO, ARSO, RMAS, OMC (USDR), DAO, MGT, 
and ECA (USCENTAF) participated in the meeting. 
BALTIMORE