Viewing cable 05MUSCAT1404
Title: EMBASSY MUSCAT EAC - 09/17/2005

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05MUSCAT14042005-09-17 14:40:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 SECRET//NOFORN Embassy Muscat
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S E C R E T MUSCAT 001404 
 
SIPDIS 
 
NOFORN 
 
DEPT FOR DS/IP/NEA, DS/IP/ITA, NEA/ARPI, AND NEA/EX 
DEPT ALSO FOR DS/DSS/OSAC, DS/DSS/CC, CA/OCS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 1.6X1 
TAGS: AEMR ASEC AMGT PTER CASC KHLS MU EAC
SUBJECT: EMBASSY MUSCAT EAC - 09/17/2005 
 
REF: MUSCAT 1396 
 
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 September 17 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.  (SBU)  On September 17, 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.  Likewise, the EAC noted 
no/no new threat reporting specific to Oman.  Members cited 
no security incidents among their staffs or family members 
over the weekend, while CONS (Duty Officer) confirmed that 
there were no reported security incidents or security-related 
queries from the private American citizen community.  A/RSO 
cited a possible surveillance incident that occurred over the 
weekend (SIMAS event #76926), but noted that the vagueness of 
the report prohibited any investigation from being initiated. 
 
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Emergency Preparedness 
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¶3.  (SBU)  In reviewing the Embassy's emergency preparedness, 
A/RSO discussed the Embassy-wide bomb drill that was 
conducted on September 14.  Members agreed that the drill was 
a success, with many lessons learned among all sections. 
Communication issues and operational concerns were the topics 
most discussed.  All questions raised were answered 
accordingly, and the EAC agreed that the drill benefited 
everyone involved. 
 
¶4.  (SBU)  A/RSO further discussed the meeting held on 
September 14 of all first responders.  A/RSO noted that all 
members of the chem/bio first response team were prepared 
with the applicable react gear, and that all members of the 
team were reminded of their duties in an actual emergency.  A 
walk-through was conducted of the clearly marked 
decontamination sites, located at the front and rear of the 
compound. 
 
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EAC Conclusion 
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¶5.  (S/NF)  The EAC concluded that there have been no 
substantive changes in the local security environment since 
the last meeting held on September 14 (reftel).  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, MGT, A/RSO, SIMO, CONS (Duty Officer), 
MSG, DAO, OMC (USDR), and ECA (USCENTAF) participated in the 
meeting. 
BALTIMORE