Viewing cable 05MUSCAT26
Title: EMBASSY MUSCAT EAC - 01/05/2005

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05MUSCAT262005-01-05 09:42:00 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 000026 
 
SIPDIS 
 
NOFORN 
 
DEPT. FOR DS/IP/NEA, DS/DSS/ITA, DS/DSS/CC, DS/OSAC, 
DS/OPO/FPD, DS/SPP/EP, DS/PSD/PCB, CA/OCS, NEA/EX, NEA/ARPI 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 1.6X1 
TAGS: AEMR ASEC AMGT PTER CASC KHLS MU EAC
SUBJECT: EMBASSY MUSCAT EAC - 01/05/2005 
 
REF: MUSCAT 0008 
 
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 January 5 to review the Embassy's 
security posture prior to the local 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 and Sustained Vigilance 
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¶2.  (SBU)  On January 5, the Ambassador chaired a meeting of 
the core Emergency Action Committee ("EAC") to review the 
Embassy's security posture prior to the local weekend.  The 
meeting opened with a discussion of the local and regional 
security situations; the EAC continued to characterize the 
former as stable.  Likewise, the EAC noted no new threat 
reporting specific to Oman.  RSO reiterated, however, 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.  RSO 
further 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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Residential Security 
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¶3.  (SBU)  RSO briefed the EAC on property thefts that 
occurred from the yards of two Embassy-leased residences the 
evening of January 4.  In a scenario not typical for Embassy 
neighborhoods, a total of five bicycles were stolen from the 
yards of the adjacent residences.  While the residences do 
meet current security standards, RSO confirmed that he will 
re-survey both in an attempt to identify areas that may have 
aided the perpetrator(s).  RSO is also in the process of 
filing reports with the Royal Oman Police and publishing an 
Embassy-wide notice urging employees to secure personal 
property at their residences.  The roving patrol was notified 
and responded immediately upon initial report of the 
incidents to Post One. 
 
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Emergency Communications 
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¶4.  (SBU)  A/MGT (IMO) raised the inter-agency meeting held 
yesterday to discuss both emergency communications and COMSEC 
destruction.  The meeting, which focused on ways to best 
position each agency's equipment, was in furtherance of the 
EAC's previous discussions on lessons learned from the 
December 6 terrorist attack on U.S. Consulate General Jeddah, 
and in conjunction with the Embassy's annual update to its 
Emergency Action Plan. 
 
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Mail Handling and Soft Target Updates 
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¶5.  (SBU)  Prior to concluding the meeting, RSO reminded EAC 
members to ensure that their sections are thoroughly familiar 
with the Embassy's updated mail handling policy, which took 
effect January 5, following the previous day's opening of a 
new external mail screening facility.  The updated policy 
prohibits personnel from introducing into the Chancery 
building any unopened mail now distributed at the new 
screening facility. 
 
¶6.  (SBU)  RSO also provided an update on Soft Target Working 
Group-funded upgrades to the Muscat Employee Association's 
recreational facility.  Specifically, RSO advised that 
Engineering Services Office staff began installation earlier 
in the week of a SelecTone emergency notification system. 
 
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EAC Conclusion 
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¶7.  (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 
January 2 (reftel), 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, RMAS, P/E, CONS, A/MGT, 
S/GSO (Duty Officer), DAO, OMC (USDR), and ECA (USCENTAF) 
participated in the meeting. 
BALTIMORE