Viewing cable 05MUSCAT323
Title: EMBASSY MUSCAT EAC - 02/26/2005

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05MUSCAT3232005-02-27 02:52:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 SECRET//NOFORN Embassy Muscat
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S E C R E T MUSCAT 000323 
 
SIPDIS 
 
NOFORN 
 
DEPT FOR DS/IP/NEA, DS/IP/ITA, DS/DSS/CC, DS/DSS/OSAC, 
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 - 02/26/2005 
 
REF: A. TD-314/10191-05 
 
     ¶B. MUSCAT 231 AND PREVIOUS 
 
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 full 
Emergency Action Committee February 26 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 FPCON remain appropriate.  End Summary. 
 
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Security Situation 
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¶2.  (SBU)  On February 26, the Ambassador chaired a meeting 
of the full Emergency Action Committee ("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 describe as stable. 
Members of the EAC cited no significant security incidents 
among their staffs or family members over the weekend. 
Likewise, CONS confirmed that there were no reported security 
incidents or security-related queries from the private 
American citizen community. 
 
¶3.  (S/NF)  RMAS did, however, raise recent unsubstantiated 
threat reporting alleging the January 19, 2005 arrests of 
unidentified individuals suspected of organizing a terrorist 
attack in Sur, Oman (reftel A).  Citing a tenuous sourcing 
chain and factual errors, coupled with the rampant rumors of 
unrelated arrests circulating at the time of the alleged Sur 
arrests (reftel B), RMAS commented that additional details 
would have to be developed prior to any further assessment of 
the report's veracity. 
 
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EAC Conclusion 
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¶4.  (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 
February 23, 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.  ABM, DCM, MGT, RSO, ARSO, RMAS, PAO, P/E, 
CONS, MSG, DAO, OMC (USDR), and ECA (USCENTAF) participated 
in the meeting, which preceded a meeting of the Visas Viper 
Committee. 
BALTIMORE