Viewing cable 05MUSCAT1001
Title: EMBASSY MUSCAT EAC - 06/22/2005

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05MUSCAT10012005-06-22 13:30:00 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 001001 
 
SIPDIS 
 
NOFORN 
 
DEPT FOR DS, S/CT, D, P, M, INR, CA, NEA/ARPI, NEA/EX 
DEPT ALSO FOR DS/IP/NEA, DS/IP/ITA, DS/DSS/CC, DS/DSS/OSAC 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 1.6X1 
TAGS: AEMR ASEC AMGT PTER CASC KHLS MU EAC
SUBJECT: EMBASSY MUSCAT EAC - 06/22/2005 
 
REF: A. MUSCAT 0977 
     ¶B. SECSTATE 110699 
 
Classified By: Charge d'Affaires, a.i. Michael G. Snowden. 
Reason: 1.4(c)(g). 
 
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Summary 
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¶1.  (SBU)  The Charge chaired a meeting of the Emergency 
Action Committee (EAC) on June 22 to review security 
arrangements for the Embassy's upcoming Independence Day 
celebration, as well as to assess the overall security 
environment prior to the local weekend.  The EAC agreed on 
both security measures for the celebration and the 
appropriateness of the Embassy's already heightened security 
posture and force protection condition (FPCON).  Members 
noted no changes in their previous assessment of the local 
security situation (reftel A).  End Summary. 
 
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Local Security Environment 
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¶2.  (SBU)  On June 22, the Charge chaired a meeting of the 
EAC to review security arrangements for the Embassy's 
upcoming Independence Day celebration, as well as to assess 
the overall security environment prior to 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/no new threat reporting specific 
to Oman. 
 
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Independence Day Celebration 
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¶3.  (SBU)  Pursuant to reftel B, the EAC reviewed security 
preparations for the Embassy's official Independence Day 
event, scheduled for Monday, July 4, at the Intercontinental 
Muscat hotel.  The event will be open only to invited guests, 
primarily Omani officials, resident diplomats, and other 
important contacts, as well as Embassy personnel and spouses. 
 
¶4.  (C)  RSO advised that security for the event will be 
coordinated closely with the Intercontinental Muscat's 
management and security staff, as well as numerous elements 
within the Royal Oman Police (ROP).  ROP support will include 
extensive uniformed and plain-clothed coverage in and around 
the venue, including EOD support and the enforcement of a 
no-parking standoff zone.  Both the ROP and Intercontinental 
Muscat are familiar with, and remain very responsive to, the 
Embassy's security concerns and requirements. 
 
¶5.  (C)  Carefully considering reftel B guidance, and in 
light of the aforementioned guest list, the EAC agreed that 
screening of invited attendees bearing invitations would not 
be necessary.  However, RSO confirmed that the ROP, which 
will provide access control for the duration of the event, 
will be poised to physically screen guests who are unable to 
produce their serialized invitation or a valid form of 
identification. 
 
¶6.  (SBU)  Per reftel B, the EAC also discussed the option of 
issuing a warden message with general security information to 
the private American citizen community.  Given the absence of 
specific threat information, consensus was that previously 
published Worldwide Caution and Middle East/North Africa 
Public Announcements were sufficient. 
 
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Sustained Vigilance and the Transfer Season 
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¶7.  (SBU)  Prior to concluding the meeting, RSO reiterated 
that, despite the relative calm, members of the EAC must 
continue reinforcing to both their staffs and family members 
the need for vigilance regarding all aspects of personal 
security - to include maintaining a low profile and remaining 
unpredictable.  CDA highlighted that such reinforcement is 
essential as new personnel and family members begin arriving 
in conjunction with the summer transfer season.  RSO further 
re-emphasized the criticality of immediately reporting all 
suspicious activity or security-related incidents, 
particularly incidents of possible surveillance, to Post One. 
 
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EAC Conclusion 
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¶8.  (S/NF)  The EAC concluded that there have been no 
substantive changes in the local security environment since 
the last meeting held on June 18 (reftel A).  Accordingly, 
members agreed that the Embassy's already heightened security 
posture and FPCON remain appropriate.  Embassy Muscat 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.  CDA, P/E, MGT, RSO, RMAS, CONS, PAO, CLO, DAO, OMC 
(USDR), ECA (USCENTAF), and Duty Officer participated in the 
meeting. 
SNOWDEN