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04DJIBOUTI429 2004-03-24 13:15:00 SECRET Embassy Djibouti
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DJIBOUTI EAC 03/24/2004: RESPONSE TO THREAT

Tags:   PTER ASEC 
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					S E C R E T DJIBOUTI 000429 

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR DS/DSS/IP, DS/IP/AF, DS/ITA, M, S/CT, CA/OCS,
AF/E, AF/EX, DJ
NAIROBI, ADDIS ABABA, ASMARA, KHARTOUM, SANAA AND CAIRO FOR
RSO
PARIS FOR RSO AND POL-NEARY
CJTF-HOA FOR POLAD, ATFP, J2, J2X

E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/23/2014
TAGS: PTER ASEC
SUBJECT: DJIBOUTI EAC 03/24/2004: RESPONSE TO THREAT
ADVISORY

REF: STATE 64477

Classified By: RSO Marc Ramos for reason 1.4 (g)



1. (S) Post convened a meeting of the Emergency Action
Committee (EAC) on 24 March, 2004 to review threat
information as outlined in reftel. The EAC discussed the
potential of attacks on western targets and the addition of
needed security measures to mitigate the threat. Potential
targets in Djibouti include the Embassy, the U.S. Military
Base Camp Lemonier, and frequented establishments in the
downtown area. In addition, due to the recent death of
Palestinian Hamas leader Sheikh Yasin, the potential for
inspirational or revenge attacks by non-traditional terrorist
groups or persons adds a new dimension to an already serious
situation.



2. (S) The EAC was composed of the Ambassador, RSO, ORA,
USLO, MgtOff, ConOff, CLO and newly appointed Force
Protection Officer (FPO). The contents of reftel were
discussed in detail and all parties agreed that current
physical security measures at the Embassy remain sufficient
to deter or disrupt, but not prevent, an attack. The
Ambassador will be requesting authorization from the Saudi
Arabian Ambassador to reposition the US Embassy's concrete
barriers on the Saudi lot. The lot adjacent to the Embassy
is owned by the Saudi Arabian Government and has been vacant
for several years. Although parking is not allowed on the
lot, it's size and emptiness provides an unimpeded approach
to our perimeter and is a vulnerability that needs to be
corrected.



3. (S) Appropriate Military representatives from Camp
Lemonier are aware of the current threat and will take
measures IAW their SOPs. US Military elements are also
coordinating with the host nation and the French Forces in
Djibouti (FFD) who have a formal defense agreement with the
Government of Djibouti.



4. (S) The American community has been living at a heightened
level of threat. The EAC agreed that due to the general
threat of attacks against Americans world wide and the
specific threat emanating from Hamas in the wake of the Yasin
killing, it would be prudent to reiterate the need for
vigilance and personal security measures. In addition the
Embassy will seek clearance on a warden message urging
American Citizens to maintain a low profile and strongly
consider postponing activities that involve large groups of
Americans or Westerners.



5. (U) POC is RSO Marc Ramos at 253-35-39-95 ext. 2307 or
253-35-26-73 (secure).
RAGSDALE