Viewing cable 05MUSCAT576
Title: EMBASSY MUSCAT EAC - 04/06/2005

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05MUSCAT5762005-04-07 04:04:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 SECRET//NOFORN Embassy Muscat
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S E C R E T MUSCAT 000576 
 
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 - 04/06/2005 
 
REF: A. TDX-315/20517-05 
 
     ¶B. MUSCAT 0545 
 
Classified By: Ambassador Richard L. Baltimore III. 
Reason: 1.4(c). 
 
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Summary 
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¶1.  (S/NF)  The Deputy Chief of Mission chaired a meeting of 
the core Emergency Action Committee (EAC) April 6 to discuss 
recent intelligence reporting related to the May 2004 arrest 
of al-Qaida-linked Omani nationals (ref A), as well as to 
review the Embassy's security posture prior to the local 
weekend.  Although the new intelligence is noteworthy, EAC 
members noted no new threat nor substantive changes in the 
local security environment since the last meeting (ref B). 
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.  (S/NF)  On April 6, the Deputy Chief of Mission chaired a 
meeting of the core EAC to discuss recent intelligence 
reporting related to the May 2004 arrest of al-Qaida-linked 
Omani nationals (ref A), as well as to review the Embassy's 
security posture prior to the local weekend.  The meeting 
opened with a discussion of the local security situation, 
which the EAC continued to characterize as stable. 
 
¶3.  (S/NF)  RMAS briefed the EAC on recent credible 
information apprising that the 12 Omani nationals who were 
arrested in May 2004 for allegedly plotting to attack U.S. 
interests in Oman (ref A), were pardoned and released from 
custody in late 2004.  It was noted that the releases may be 
associated with Ramadan pardons made at that time (NFI). 
RMAS also commented on the very sensitive nature of the 
source of the information, as it refers to both the initial 
arrests and this most recent development.  The EAC agreed 
that revealing what we know about either of the events to the 
Omani security services would jeopardize sources and our 
future access to critical information.  The EAC concurred 
that the releases, while important to note, do not constitute 
a new threat.  NOTE: Neither the aforementioned arrests nor 
the subsequent releases were made public; both were processed 
through secret legal proceedings.  END NOTE. 
 
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EAC Conclusion 
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¶4.  (S/NF)  Taking note of the new information, the EAC 
nonetheless decided that there is no new or specific threat; 
therefore, the EAC unanimously concluded that there has been 
no substantive change in the local security environment since 
the last meeting that held on April 2 (ref B).  Accordingly, 
members agreed that the Embassy's already heightened security 
posture and FPCON remain appropriate at this time.  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.  DCM, MGT, RSO, ARSO, RMAS, DAO, OMC (USDR), 
and ECA (USCENTAF) participated in the meeting. 
BALTIMORE