Conspiracy Nation -- Vol. 9 Num. 48

("Quid coniuratio est?")


From tburkett@clark.netMon Oct 14 20:45:06 1996 Date: Mon, 14 Oct 96 11:52:53 -0500
From: Tom Burkett <>
To: Brian Redman <> Subject: Coverup Quilt

The Coverup Quilt

Parents Against Corruption and Coverup (PACC) invites you to participate in creating a memorial to our loved ones who have been murdered and denied justice because of flawed investigations or coverups. If all of us surviving families contribute squares to honor our lost children, spouses, siblings or parents, The Coverup Quilt will be a vivid symbolic representation of the extent of the coverup problem in the United States. The squares will symbolize the anguish we feel individually as we grieve and fight for justice and honest investigations. Most of our fellow citizens are blissfully ignorant of the extent of the coverup problem and the pain it causes surviving families. Words alone cannot make them understand. Yet we need their understanding and help in asking Congress for legitimate investigations. The Coverup Quilt can speak volumes for us!

Materials: 362 X 362 square of cotton or cotton blend fabric in color of your choice (solid or print) 362 X 362 square of unbleached muslin (for backing) Any of the following for letters and designs: contrasting/coordinating fabrics for applique, embroidery yarn, iron-on letters, stencils, embroidery paints, permanent markers, hand made letters, fabric paints, beading, sewing notions, other methods and materials of your choice to design your square as you like; photo transfer is fine, materials which create texture are fine; wonder-under is useful in making adhesive backed fabric)

Directions: Prewash fabric to eliminate shrinking and prevent color from running later. Your finished, seamed quilt square will measure 342 X 342 . On paper or poster board of this size, draw a rough pattern showing how you will position your designs and lettering. The letters should be readable from some distance, so they need to be around 2 1/2 to 5 inches high and contrast significantly with the color of your square. Measure the width of your letters, keeping in mind the width of your square, and plan accordingly so everything fits the way you want it to. Your loved one's name should appear on the square, along with dates of birth and death (years alone are fine, or month/day/year) and any other desired sentiment. Include designs symbolizing things he/she liked, did well, etc. Once you are satisfied with your plan, you can sew, iron, embroidery, paint, stencil, applique, quilt or otherwise put your letters and designs on the right side of the colored (can be white) fabric. Next, hand or machine stitch the muslin backing to your newly designed square, making an inside seam of 1/22 to 3/4 all around, so finished size is 342 X 342. If you machine stitch, place right sides of the fabrics together, stitch around three sides, turn right side out, and hand stitch the 4th side. Do not put batting between the square and the muslin backing. Next, with a double thread, tack the designed square to the backing in four places as follows: from each top corner, measure across approximately 10 inches, then down ten inches, and make a single tacking stitch. Knot should be on the muslin backing, not on your designed square. From each bottom corner, measure across approximately 10 inches, then up ten inches and place your tacking stitch. Knot should be on muslin backing. Make your square sturdy, so the quilt can be displayed several times on the mall, and at nearby college campuses. Dates will be announced in The Bulldog.

Last, Mail or Fed Ex square (By Nov 21) to: Beth George & Tom Burkett / PACC
13456 Muirkirk Lane
Herndon VA 20171

call (703) 435 3112
or e-mail: or Squares can't be returned, so take a photo. All squares will be kept safe!

Volunteers Needed

Interspersed with squares honoring our loved ones, (or maybe in a separate section of the quilt) we want to place a few squares representing earmarks of faulty investigations leading to the "suicide" and "accidental" rulings in these cases where there is evidence of foul play and agencies involved do not answer legitimate questions. Whether the ruling is military or civilian, the earmarks are the same: no interviewing of witnesses, no tests for gunpowder residue, no ballistics tests, lost or destroyed evidence, sham autopsies, discrepancies in reports, forgeries, lost body parts, unexplained injuries, stalling, lying, complicity, discrediting the victim and/or the inquiring survivors, etc. And of course, the most common line used in all coverups : They're just grief-stricken parents who can't accept a suicide. We have all heard the same script.

If you are creative and have a little extra time, please make an extra square representing/ symbolizing one or more of these common threads running through all of our cases. (Did I miss some?)

Can you do an extra square?
Call: (703) 435-3112
e-mail: tburkett or write:
Beth and Tom (PACC)
13456 Muirkirk Lane
Herndon VA 20171

Tommy had things he wanted to do.

Tom Burkett & Beth George
(703) 435-3112 (Voice/Fax)

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