Viewing cable 04MUSCAT2259
Title: EMBASSY MUSCAT EAC - 12/26/2004

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04MUSCAT22592004-12-27 02:25:00 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 002259 
 
SIPDIS 
 
NOFORN 
 
DEPT. FOR DS/IP/NEA, DS/DSS/ITA, DS/DSS/CC, DS/OSAC, 
CA/OCS, NEA/EX, NEA/ARPI; DIR FSINFATC FOR FSI/LMS/CMT 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 1.6X1 
TAGS: AEMR ASEC AMGT PTER CASC KHLS MU EAC
SUBJECT: EMBASSY MUSCAT EAC - 12/26/2004 
 
REF: A. MUSCAT 2246 
 
     ¶B. TD-314/70393-04 
     ¶C. FSINFATC 2802 
 
Classified By: Ambassador Richard L. Baltimore III. 
Reason: 1.4(c). 
 
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Summary 
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¶1.  (SBU)  The Ambassador chaired a meeting of the core 
Emergency Action Committee December 26 to review the 
Embassy's security posture following to the local holiday 
weekend.  Members of the EAC noted 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)  On December 26, the Ambassador chaired a meeting 
of the core Emergency Action Committee ("EAC") to review the 
Embassy's security posture following the local holiday 
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.  Members, including Duty Officer, 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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Unsubstantiated Threat Information: Update 
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¶3.  (S/NF)  RMAS provided an update on the unsubstantiated 
threat to the American manager of Hunt Oil Company in Oman 
(reftel A and B).  In short, information alleged that, as of 
early October 2004, the oil company received an anonymous 
letter in their U.S. office requesting the withdrawal of 
their American Manager in Oman, who was in danger (NFI). 
RMAS advised that Hunt Oil's U.S. office claimed not/not to 
be familiar with such allegations.  RMAS added that tearline 
will be passed to the Regional Security Office in Sana'a, 
Yemen, where Hunt Oil's regional security manager is 
resident.  (NFI) 
 
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Crisis Management Exercise 
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¶4.  (SBU)  The EAC also discussed reftel C, regarding Embassy 
Muscat's upcoming Crisis Management Exercise, scheduled for 
February 13-14, 2004.  A response to the action request, 
based on the EAC's discussion, will be sent to FSI/LMS/CMT 
via septel. 
 
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Continued Vigilance 
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¶5.  (SBU)  Prior to concluding the meeting, RSO reiterated 
that members of the EAC must 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. 
Likewise, RSO 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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¶6.  (S/NF)  The EAC concluded that there have been no 
substantive changes in previously reported assessments of the 
local security environment since the last meeting held on 
December 22 (reftel A), 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, A/DCM, 
RSO (Duty Officer), A/MGT, RMAS, P/E, PAO, CONS, MSG, DAO, 
OMC (USDR), and ECA (USCENTAF) participated in the meeting. 
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