Viewing cable 05MUSCAT1311
Title: EMBASSY MUSCAT EAC - 08/27/2005

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05MUSCAT13112005-08-27 13:50:00 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 001311 
 
SIPDIS 
 
NOFORN 
 
DEPT FOR DS/IP/NEA, DS/IP/ITA, NEA/ARPI, NEA/EX 
DEPT ALSO FOR DS/DSS/OSAC, DS/PSD/PCB, DS/DSS/CC, CA/OCS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 1.6X1 
TAGS: AEMR ASEC AMGT PTER ABLD CASC KHLS MU EAC
SUBJECT: EMBASSY MUSCAT EAC - 08/27/2005 
 
REF: A. SECSTATE 156631 
 
     ¶B. SECSTATE 156174 
     ¶C. MUSCAT 1302 
     ¶D. SECSTATE 154261 
     ¶E. MUSCAT 1288 
     ¶F. TD-314/48803-05 
 
Classified By: Deputy Chief of Mission William R. Stewart. 
Reason: 1.4(c). 
 
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Summary 
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¶1.  (SBU)  The Ambassador chaired a meeting of the Emergency 
Action Committee (EAC) on August 27 to review the Embassy's 
security posture following the local weekend.  Members 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 force 
protection condition (FPCON) remain appropriate.  End Summary. 
 
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Local Security Situation 
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¶2.  (S/NF)  On August 27, the Ambassador chaired a meeting of 
the full EAC 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.  SIMO discussed general 
threat reporting directed at the Gulf Region as a whole 
(reftel F); however, the EAC noted no/no new threat 
information specific to Oman.  Following concerns raised in 
the August 20 EAC (reftel E), RSO and SIMO confirmed that the 
initial report of a specific threat to Oman's airports was 
erroneous (reftel B).  Members, including Duty Officer, cited 
no security incidents among their staffs or family members 
over the weekend, while CONS confirmed that there were no 
reported security incidents or security-related queries from 
the private American citizen community. 
 
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Emergency Preparedness 
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¶3.  (SBU)  RSO informed the EAC that on August 25, the 
Embassy's Emergency Action Plan (EAP) was approved by the 
Bureau of Diplomatic Security (reftel A).  RSO noted the EAP 
will soon be published on the Diplomatic Security secure 
website, DS Source. 
 
¶4.  (SBU)  ARSO briefed the EAC on the upcoming unannounced 
Embassy-wide bomb drill that will take place during the week 
of September 10-14.  ARSO confirmed that notices regarding 
the drill and an updated Office Warden list will be issued. 
ARSO also reminded EAC members to review their emergency 
procedures and inform their Office Wardens to do the same. 
 
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Physical Security 
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¶5.  (SBU)  In reviewing the latest physical security 
upgrades, RSO discussed completion of construction of the 
motorpool safe area.  Members were advised that new 
procedures regarding the utilization of the safe area will be 
published shortly. 
 
¶6.  (SBU)  RSO also briefed the EAC on funds received to 
build a new guard booth (reftel D), improving security 
posture to the north side of the Embassy.  The projected 
start date for construction is sometime in September. 
 
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EAC Conclusion 
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¶7.  (S/NF)  The EAC concluded that there have been no 
substantive changes in the local security environment since 
the last meeting held on August 24 (reftel C).  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.  AMB, DCM, P/E (Duty Officer), MGT, RSO, ARSO, SIMO, 
PAO, CONS, MSG, DAO, OMC (USDR), and ECA (USCENTAF) 
participated in the meeting. 
BALTIMORE