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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 MADRID 000517 SIPDIS SENSITIVE DEPT FOR DS/IP/ITA, DS/IP/EUR BARCELONA FOR CONSUL GENERAL E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: ASEC, PTER SUBJECT: SECURITY ENVIRONMENTAL PROFILE QUESTIONNAIRE RESPONSE (SEPQ) - SPAIN REF: STATE 28688 1. (U) As directed in REFTEL, the following responses constitute the SEPQ for Mission Spain. The responses will directly correlate in sequence with the questions asked. All questions and responses have been coordinated with the appropriate Emergency Action Committee (EAC). 2. (SBU) POLITICAL VIOLENCE: DEMONSTRATIONS: A. There is a significant Islamic presence in Spain that could feasibly mount demonstrations. Others of mixed ethnic and religious backgrounds recently protested against American policy in Iraq. B. Yes. C. Yes D. The recent anti-American demonstrations have related directly to the "no-war-in-Iraq" movement, with specific implications attached to the death of a Spanish journalist in Iraq. The past year's demonstrations have ranged from 50 to 500 persons in front of the Embassy and the Consulate General in Barcelona, to 2 million persons in a coordinated nation-wide demonstration. E. Normally triggered by opposition to U.S. Policy on the war in Iraq and some relating to the death of a Spanish journalist in Iraq. F. Generally peaceful, but on occasion during the Iraq incursion, some minor violence was witnessed. G. The only symptoms of violence were from the throwing of paint and fruit at the Embassy, Consulate General, and various Consular Agencies. H. During one demonstration in Barcelona, one person cleared the perimeter wall and entered the grounds of the Consulate General before being chased off. I. Yes. J. Yes, near and in-front of Mission facilities in- country. K. The anti-GOS demonstrations were typically held in conjunction with the anti-American demonstrations and the response as to numbers of demonstrators is the same as in (D). L. Generally peaceful, but on occasion, some minor violence has been witnessed. M. N/A 3. (SBU) MACRO CONFLICT CONDITIONS: A. Yes, the intrastate conflict with the terrorist group ETA. B. ETA acts of terrorism have been carried out in all areas of the country including Madrid and Barcelona. C. N/A D. No. 4. (SBU) HOST COUNTRY CAPABILITIES: A. Yes. B. Yes, and the training they have received from DSS/ATA, DHS/ICE and the FBI has been incorporated into practical use and used against ETA terrorism. C. No. D. Yes. E. Yes. F. Yes, for example in recent captures of Al-Qaida cells and against ETA and recent GRAPO operations. G. Yes. H. Very good with respect to flights to the U.S. I. Average. J. Average. As a Schengen country, the borders are porous with difficult enforceable controls. 5. (SBU) INDIGENOUS TERRORISM: ANTI-AMERICAN TERRORIST GROUPS: A. No. B. N/A C. N/A D. N/A E. N/A F. N/A G. N/A H. N/A 6. (SBU) OTHER INDIGENOUS TERRORIST GROUPS: A. Yes. B. ETA, GRAPO. However, none have ever specifically targeted Americans. Therefore, they are indigenous and they are a terrorist group. C. Yes. D. Yes. E. Yes. In 1985, an explosion triggered by ETA killed an American citizen passer-by. 7. (SBU) TRANSNATIONAL TERRORISM: TRANSNATIONAL TERRORIST INDICATORS: A. Yes. Al-Qaida, FARC, ELN, GIA, GSPC. B. The presence is operational, financial, support, and propaganda in cell structure. C. No. D. Yes. E. Yes. Owing to its geographic location, Spain has a large Muslim population, some of which is undoubtedly sympathetic to the Jihadi cause. Terrorist organizations are known to have used Spain's large Islamic population as a recruiting ground. F. It is possible with Spain being a strong ally and currently having troops positioned in Iraq, and being a high-profile proponent of the fight against terrorism, that there could be attacks or other terrorist acts against Americans in Spain. G. Weapons and explosive materials are available and can be acquired. Manzanares
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