Judy Malloy
Revelations of Secret Surveillance

The photograph on the title page, taken by my mother, is a World War II US Army
Anti-aircraft training camp. Located in Texas, Camp Hulen is the place where I was
conceived when my father was stationed there in 1941. When I selected this photo,
I was not aware that later in the War -- while my father, who took part in the
D-Day invasion, was fighting on the German front -- Camp Hulen was used to house
Nazi prisoners of war. Thus the photograph, first used because it represented the
impact of being born in 1942, also represents the shadows of World War II that
pervade the narrative.

Revelations of Secret Surveillance begins with a flashback to 1933 Nürnberg,
the storied German city that was a stage both for the unveiling of Nazi eugenics and
for the ultimate exposure of Nazi science. It is the place where, about 35 years later
in the 1960's, I was married. My then husband -- who, before he was drafted, had written
a letter to Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara protesting the Vietnam War -- was an
enlisted man, stationed in nearby Fürth at the William O. Darby Army Base. I lived on
Dürerplatz, a few blocks from the house that was the home of the Reformation artist
Albrecht Dürer. We were married in a German civil ceremony at a courthouse near the
Nürnberg Hauptmarkt.

In my family history, there was also a German marriage that did not take place. When she
was a young woman, my mother, Barbara Lillard, fell in love with a German man whom she met
at school in this country. In the 1930's, she went with him to Germany. Horrified at the
anti-Semitism and the soldiers marching in the streets, she left him to come back to New England,
where she met and married my father, W. Langdon "Ike" Powers, a man who would fight in
France and Germany in the coming War.

For Revelations of Secret Surveillance, rather than fictionalize the true
history of my family, I created a parallel history. First introduced in my l0ve0ne,
(Eastgate Web Workshop, 1994) the German video artist Gunter, whose maternal grandparents
escaped Nazi Germany, and the American writer Gwen, whose mother married a much older
veteran of World War II, are the main characters in Revelations of Secret Surveillance.
Their gradual unraveling of a web of surveillance and harassment are, of course, the actions
of fictional characters. However, in the aftermath of the dual tragedy of 911 -- both as a
disaster itself and an excuse for unregulated government surveillance -- Revelations of
Secret Surveillance
presents viable explorations of the nature and causes of
interference in the lives of artists, athletes, activists, spiritual leaders and many other
people. It also looks at the potential for covert electronic weapons and brain interference
technologies to be used against civilian populations in our own country.

Informed by years of working as an arts journalist, by working as an information
specialist for defense and NASA-funded industries, by family histories, and by my
own life as an artist who has walked with crutches or cane since I was run down
in 1994, Revelations of Secret Surveillance calls attention to the potential for
technology-mediated repression in situations where governments encourage
intelligence agency stalking of civilian populations. It also postulates a covert system
of social control -- exploring its possible origins, as well as who might be attacked
by such a system. If, as the characters are beginning to understand, their relationship
choices were scripted by outside sources, how this interference effects not only the
entire lives of those whose life choices were diverted but also the communities and
communities of faith to which they belong, is not yet completely understood by the
men and women who are searching to understand what happened. But such questions
are not beyond the scope of the narrative's revelations.

And ever on my mind in the writing of Revelations of Secret Surveillance was the life
of my grandfather, W. Huston Lillard. When one of his friends in the German academic world
was imprisoned by the Nazis as an "enemy of the state", educator W. Huston Lillard went to
Germany to try to rescue his colleague. Through the US Consul, he got permission from the
office of SS Commander Heinrich Himmler to visit Dr. Morsbach. In the papers I found after
her death, my mother described how my grandfather, and the US Consul, Dr. Reis, "were picked
up one morning in an SS official car, complete with SS driver and 'escort'. They were driven
out to Magdeburg where my father got his first look at Hitler's early moves against the
intelligentsia. Morsbach appeared before them in grey prison garb looking ill." Shortly after
their visit, Morsbach was released, but his health had been broken in the prison, and he
died soon afterwards.

There is, however, a better ending to my grandfather's stories of rescue: After World War II,
educator W. Huston Lillard served under with United Nations in Vienna, Austria, as Chief of the
Resettlement Division of the International Refugee Organization in Austria. He helped resettle
thousands of refugees from Poland, Hungary, Russia, Greece, Spain and many other
places, including thousands of Jewish refugees and Jewish refugees on their way to Israel.
He also helped Christians from Russia, Yugoslavia, Rumania, and Bulgaria, who refused to
accept Communism and whose resettlement was interfered with by the Russian government.

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Table of Contents - A Guide to the Four Sections of Revelations of Secret Surveillance