Viewing cable 05MUSCAT40
Title: EMBASSY MUSCAT EAC - 01/08/2005

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05MUSCAT402005-01-08 13:01:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 SECRET//NOFORN Embassy Muscat
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S E C R E T MUSCAT 000040 
 
SIPDIS 
 
NOFORN 
 
DEPT. FOR DS/IP/NEA, DS/DSS/ITA, DS/DSS/CC, DS/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 - 01/08/2005 
 
REF: A. MSG I/R 005-05 
 
     ¶B. MUSCAT 0026 
 
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 8 to review the Embassy's 
security posture following 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 
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¶2.  (SBU)  On January 8, the Ambassador chaired a meeting of 
the core Emergency Action Committee ("EAC") to review the 
Embassy's security posture following 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, noting no new threat reporting specific to 
Oman. 
 
¶3.  (SBU)  RSO did, however, raise a situation that occurred 
over the weekend in which two direct-hire employees were 
harassed by a group of young Omani males upon exiting the 
parking lot of a local movie theater in one of the employees' 
privately owned vehicle bearing diplomatic license plates 
(ref A).  The harassment continued with three of the 
individuals following the employees in a privately registered 
vehicle, subsequently blocking their path in the parking lot 
of a hotel restaurant.  Per standing guidance, the employees 
immediately called the Marine on Post One, who instructed 
them to return to the Embassy where security guards and 
police would be standing-by for assistance.  The employees 
quickly backed out of the parking lot and proceeded to the 
Embassy; however, the vehicle which had followed them 
turned-off on approach to the Embassy, possibly aware of the 
police presence ahead.  RSO is in the process of reporting 
details of the incident, including vehicle description and 
license plate number, to the Royal Oman Police.  EAC Members 
cited no other security incidents among their staffs or 
family members over the weekend, and CONS confirmed that 
there were no security incidents or security-related queries 
from the private American citizen community. 
 
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Sustained Vigilance 
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¶4.  (SBU)  Prior to concluding the meeting, RSO reiterated 
that, despite the relative calm, 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 all suspicious activity 
or security-related incidents -- especially those involving 
suspected surveillance -- 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 previously reported assessments of the 
local security environment since the last meeting held on 
January 5 (reftel B), 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, DAO, OMC (USDR), and ECA 
(USCENTAF) participated in the meeting. 
BALTIMORE