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* from DXer … why has the DOJ failed to provide critical cited references under FOIA?

Posted by DXer on March 1, 2010


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from DXer …

why has the DOJ failed to provide

critical cited references under FOIA?


3 Responses to “* from DXer … why has the DOJ failed to provide critical cited references under FOIA?”

  1. DXer said

    In addition to the entry “August 26, 2000” For DARPA mass spec project with JHU-APL. See FD-302, sub-302, #3605 dated 4/15/2003 which, it now appears, may related to Dr. Ezzell making a dried powder for testing of a mass spec detector at John Hopkins for DARPA, other entries are interesting.

    For example, there is the

    Microscopie examinations/encapsulation study,
    the 9/17/98 Aerosolization study,
    the 10/15/99 Aerosolization study and, of course,
    the 10/04/2001 aerosolization study.

    Inquiring minds want the DOJ, FBI, USAMRIID, and National Academies of Science to comply with the Freedom of Information Act (and in the case of NAS, its application is through the Federal Advisory Committee Act). Under the Obama Administration, a formal study has shown that there has been no change in the stats. The memos by the President and Attorney General were nice PR but have had no effect.

    • DXer said

      The Development of Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry for the Detection of Biological Warfare Agent Aerosols
      Peter F. Scholl, Marisa A. Leonardo, Ana M. Rule, Micah A. Carlson, Miquel D. Antoine, and Timothy J. Buckley


      Click to access scholl.pdf

      The identification of biomarkers was part of a collaboration between JH-APL and Dr. Fensalau in Maryland and Dr. Jackman at USAMRIID.

      “A MALDI-TOF-MS library containing the spectra of biological warfare simulants, authentic threat agents, interferents, and different environmental backgrounds is being constructed” an article in the JH-APL technical digest explained.

      The article continues:

      “At the USAMRIID, threat agents (anthrax, plague, Venezuelan equine encephalitis, botulism toxin, and others) are undergoing MALDI analysis in biosafety level 3 and 4 containment facilities. Experiments involving the MADLI-TOF-MS analysis of aerosolized anthrax spores deposited on video recorder tape are currently under way.

      The bioaerosol test chamber at the JHU School of Hygiene and Public Health (1.2 m3) is equipped with a Model 3300 aerosol particle size (APS) spectrometer (TSI, Inc., St. Paul, Minnesota), an AGI-30 reference air sampler (Ace Glass, Vineland, New Jersey), and the Sioutas collector (Fig. 3). A Collison nebulizer (BGI, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts) is used to generate aerosols from simulant solutions. Alternatively, aerosols can be generated from dry B. globigii spores and ovalbumin. The concentration of viable and nonviable simulants and the size distribution of these aerosols are measured using different instruments.”


      “Unlike the preparation of liquid samples, the direct analysis of dry bioaerosol particles on tape presents fundamental problems to the acquisition of MALDI spectra. While separate matrix and sample solutions are routinely mixed and spotted on a probe, a matrix solution must be applied to the inertially deposited dry particle spot. This does not allow the same intimate mixing of the matrix and sample to occur as it does when they are mixed as liquids. Sample preparation techniques such as the precoating of tapes with matrix- doped aerogels or adhesives and the co-deposition of MALDI–matrix with aerosol particles are being evaluated to address this problem.”

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