Viewing cable 05MUSCAT744
Title: EMBASSY MUSCAT EAC - 05/04/2005

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05MUSCAT7442005-05-04 15:39:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 SECRET//NOFORN Embassy Muscat
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S E C R E T MUSCAT 000744 
 
SIPDIS 
 
NOFORN 
 
DEPT FOR DS/IP/NEA, DS/IP/ITA, NEA/EX, AND NEA/ARPI 
DEPT ALSO FOR DS/DSS/CC, DS/DSS/OSAC, AND CA/OCS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 1.6X1 
TAGS: AEMR ASEC AMGT PTER CASC KHLS MU EAC
SUBJECT: EMBASSY MUSCAT EAC - 05/04/2005 
 
REF: A. MUSCAT 0741 
 
     ¶B. MUSCAT 0711 
 
Classified By: Ambassador Richard L. Baltimore III. 
Reason: 1.4(c). 
 
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Summary 
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¶1.  (SBU)  The Deputy Chief of Mission chaired a meeting of 
the core Emergency Action Committee (EAC) on May 4 to discuss 
the local security situation and review the Embassy's 
security posture prior to 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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Local Security Environment 
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¶2.  (SBU)  On May 4, the Deputy Chief of Mission chaired a 
meeting of the core EAC to review the Embassy's security 
posture prior to the local weekend.  The meeting opened with 
a discussion of the local security situation, which, noting 
no new threat reporting specific to Oman, the EAC continued 
to characterize as stable.  The EAC did, however, discuss the 
recent protest marches calling for a pardon for the 31 Ibadhi 
defendants sentenced to jail terms on May 2 by the State 
Security Court on charges of seeking to overthrow the 
government (reftel A).  Members commented that the May 1 and 
3 marches, although peaceful in nature, both invoked a swift 
and formidable police response.  While it is unclear whether 
addition demonstrations in support of the jailed Ibadhi 
activists will materialize, the EAC will continue to closely 
monitor the situation. 
 
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Personal Security 
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¶3.  (SBU)  Prior to concluding the meeting, RSO reiterated 
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 - to include 
maintaining a low profile and remaining unpredictable.  RSO 
further re-emphasized 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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¶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 
April 30 (reftel B).  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.  DCM, P/E, 
MGT, RSO, ARSO, RMAS, CONS, DAO, OMC (USDR), and ECA 
(USCENTAF) participated in the meeting. 
BALTIMORE