Viewing cable 05MUSCAT1940
Title: EMBASSY MUSCAT EAC - 12/31/2005

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05MUSCAT19402005-12-31 13:19:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 SECRET//NOFORN Embassy Muscat
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S E C R E T MUSCAT 001940 
 
SIPDIS 
 
NOFORN 
 
DEPT FOR DS/IP/NEA, DS/IP/ITA, NEA/ARPI, 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 KSAC KHLS MU EAC
SUBJECT: EMBASSY MUSCAT EAC - 12/31/2005 
 
REF: A. MUSCAT 1928 
     ¶B. MUSCAT 1911 
     ¶C. SECSTATE 225828 
 
Classified By: Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Michael G. Snowden. 
Reason: 1.4(c). 
 
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Summary 
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¶1.  (SBU)  The Ambassador chaired a meeting of the full 
Emergency Action Committee (EAC) on December 31 to review the 
Embassy's security posture following the local weekend and 
prior to the New Year holiday.  Members noted no substantive 
changes in the local security environment since the last 
meeting (reftel A), and agreed that the Embassy's already 
heightened security posture and force protection condition 
(FPCON) remain appropriate.  End Summary. 
 
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Local Security Environment 
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¶2.  (SBU)  On December 31, the Ambassador chaired a meeting 
of the full EAC to review the Embassy's security posture 
following the local weekend and prior to the New Year 
holiday.  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, 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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Holiday Security and Vigilance 
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¶3.  (S/NF)  RSO again raised reftel C, the Department's 
Holiday Security Advisory.  Given the general nature of the 
threat information in the advisory as it relates to Oman, the 
EAC continued to agree that it was not necessary to issue a 
warden message outside the scope of the current Worldwide 
Caution and Middle East/North Africa Public Announcements -- 
both of which were recently distributed via warden message to 
the official and private American citizen communities (reftel 
B).  NOTE: RSO does confirm, however, that a formal letter 
was sent to the Royal Oman Police highlighting local holiday 
religious services, at which increased numbers of American 
citizens are expected to gather (reftel B).  In addition, 
there have been no reported security-related developments 
connected with the visit of the USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) to 
Port Sultan Qaboos, Muscat (reftel A).  END NOTE. 
 
¶4.  (SBU)  Prior to concluding the meeting, and referencing 
the aforementioned Holiday Security Advisory, RSO took the 
opportunity to reiterate 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.  RSO further underscored the importance of 
immediately reporting all suspicious activity or 
security-related incidents to Post One. 
 
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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 December 28 (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.  AMB, A/DCM, P/E, MGT, RSO, SIMO, 
PAO, CONS, MSG, DAO, OMC (USDR), ECA (USCENTAF), and Duty 
Officer participated in the meeting. 
BALTIMORE