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Cablegate: Country Clearance Granted for Senior Country

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R 051528Z MAY 08
FM AMEMBASSY BERLIN
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RUEHNO/USMISSION USNATO 0122
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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL GM FR CD OTRA
SUBJECT: COUNTRY CLEARANCE GRANTED FOR SENIOR COUNTRY
DIRECTOR FOR CHINA AFFAIRS LTC SANDE SCHLESINGER AND
DELEGATION

REF: SECDEF MESSAGE DTG 291331Z APR 08

1. Embassy Berlin welcomes and grants country clearance for
LTC Sande Schlesinger and delegation to travel to Berlin May
8 - 10, 2008, as proposed reftel.

2. Point of contact for the visit is POL/MIL-External Unit
Chief, William E. Moeller. Contact information is as follows:

Office: (49) (30) 8305 - 2237
Cell Phone: (49) 0172 - 970 - 4363
Home: (49) (30) 8974 - 6983
Fax: (49) (30) 238 - 6289
E-mail: MoellerWE@state.gov

3. Post understands no assistance is needed with hotel
reservations or transportation.

4. Visa Requirements: U.S. citizen visitors and employees on
training or consultations may enter Germany for a maximum of
90 days without a visa. Non-U.S. citizen visitors should
check visa requirements at post prior to embarking on
official travel to Germany.

5. Mission Germany TDY ICASS Policy: If requesting
assistance that involves procurement of resources, valid
fiscal data or fiscal data from travel orders must be
provided. Each visitor must bring or forward fiscal data to
cover the direct costs of the visit, which will be
direct-charged to their agency, organization, or delegation.
Direct-charge costs include, but are not limited to, airport
expediting, control room staffing, representational event
support, American and LES staff overtime, travel and per diem
for post personnel assigned to support requested field
travel, rental of vehicles or other equipment, long distance
telephone calls, office supplies, transportation, departure
taxes and airport fees.

6. Post and German authorities continuously review
information that could impact on the safety and security of
your visit to Germany. At this time, we are not aware of any
specific, credible threats to your traveling party.

7. The Department of State assesses German cities with a U.S.
diplomatic presence as high for transnational terrorism and
medium for criminal activity. On 20 April 2007, The U.S.
Embassy released a public announcement stating that security
at U.S. diplomatic and consular facilities throughout Germany
had increased their security posture in response to a
heightened security environment. This heightened threat of a
terrorist attack continues and visitors are encouraged to
consult with the Regional Security Office or Control Officer
prior to travel. The full text of this public announcement
is available on the internet at www.usembassy.de.

8. While there have been no recent significant domestic
terrorist attacks in Germany, the country remains a potential
venue for transnational terrorism. German troops are
currently deployed in Afghanistan and are assisting with the
NATO training mission in Iraq. In addition, the country
continues to host a sizeable number of U.S. military
installations, almost all of which are involved in our
current military efforts in Iraq. A March 2007 video,
apparently produced by Islamic extremists, specifically
threatened Germany with terrorist attacks as a result of the
country's military deployment in Afghanistan. In June 2006,
two improvised explosive devices were placed aboard regional
commuter trains in Western Germany; the devices failed to
function and the perpetrators were apprehended. In September
2007, German authorities arrested members of an Islamic
radical group who were allegedly planning terrorist attacks
on unspecified targets, likely including Americans.
Nonetheless, these incidents are a reminder that Germany is
not immune from the threat of terrorism.

9. The most common threat to official USG travelers in
Germany is petty crime. Pick-pocketing, bag-snatching, and
confidence schemes are often perpetrated against obvious
tourists and foreigners in large German cities. Hotel room
break-ins and thefts from automobiles, while infrequent, have


occurred in the past. Armed robbery, home invasion, and
car-jacking are all but non-existent in Germany. Taxis, as
well as Germany's extensive public transportation network,
are safe and may be used by USG personnel.

10. Large-scale protests are a common feature of daily life
in major German cities. Only rarely are such protests held
without police sanction, and German authorities are skilled
in crowd control techniques. The overwhelming majority of
protests occur without violence, although marches and
demonstrations by right-wing and Neo-Nazi extremists have
recently drawn violent counter-protests from the left-wing
community.

11. Visitors to Germany should practice the same good
common-sense personal security practices that are an every
day part of life in US cities. A heightened sense of
situational awareness should be exercised when in popular
tourist areas, train stations, and other soft-target venues.
Large gatherings and demonstrations, regardless of the theme
or topic, should be avoided. USG visitors are encouraged to
report unusual, suspicious, threatening, or harassing
behavior to the nearest Mission Germany Regional Security
Office at the numbers listed below.

12. German law enforcement agencies are professional and
extremely supportive to the U.S. government and all of our
concerns. The countrywide police emergency telephone number
is 110. The fire department and ambulance service may be
reached at telephone 112. The U.S. Embassy in Berlin reports
current threat information for American citizens at
49-30-832-9233. Further questions regarding this assessment
may be directed to the Regional Security Office in Berlin at
49-30-8305-1400, in Frankfurt at 49-69-7535-2444, or in
Munich at 49-89-2888-625.
TIMKEN JR

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