Tony Ortega: A new look inside Scientology’s bomb-proof vaults

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  1. The Wrong Guy Member

    A new look inside Scientology’s bomb-proof vaults, and a visit to Hubbard’s final rodeo

    By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker, July 27, 2015

    We’re traveling today, and we’re grateful to our tipsters for keeping us supplied with good material while we look for some time to do some reporting on new stories.

    We have contributions from two tipsters today that happened to hit on a similar theme — Scientology’s super-secretive entity, the “Church of Spiritual Technology” (CST), and its Space Age underground vaults.

    First, Underground Bunker regular “Observer” recently visited California’s central coast, and she couldn’t resist stopping by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s final spot on Earth before he moved on to Target 2.

    On January 24, 1986, Hubbard left his body to pursue his “researches” without the impediment of a human body. Or he died of a stroke and other complications, depending on who you believe. He was 74 years old. For the final few years of his life, he’d been hiding out at a ranch owned by CST which is near the town of Creston, California. We’re told that while Hubbard lived there, he stayed in a Bluebird motorhome, while a few other people — Annie Broeker and Steve “Sarge” Pfauth,” primarily — took care of the ranch and of Hubbard.

    Observer stopped by the ranch to see what kind of shape it’s in today. And she took along with her a copy of our book, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely, which has been seen in such amazing places around the globe lately. Here’s a nice panoramic overview of the place, annotated by Observer:


    Some of CST’s super secret compounds have an odd feature: Two large interlocking circles carved into the ground so they can be seen from the air. What are they for? Only one former CST employee has ever given an on-the-record interview, and he talked first to us. His name is Dylan Gill. Dylan told us the CST corporate symbol is carved into the ground at Creston Ranch and at two other CST locations so that they can serve as guides for L. Ron Hubbard when he comes back to Earth from wherever he’s been. Some of the CST compounds also feature an “LRH House” for Hubbard to move into as he begins his next stint running Scientology.


    You can also see the guard tower in the middle of the CST logo in this view from Google Earth:



    Another tipster alerted us to the latest International Scientology News, which contains an article about CST’s main activity, which is digging vaults for storing Hubbard’s words and lectures against the ravages of nuclear war.

    After Hubbard went into permanent hiding in February 1980, he subsequently ordered a corporate reorganization of Scientology, and that’s when CST was born, in 1982. The late, great Denise Brennan worked on that project, and she helped us understand where the idea for CST’s vaults came from — she was told to review a similar plot in Hubbard’s just-published science fiction epic, Battlefield Earth.

    “The vaults in Battlefield Earth maybe were an imperfect analogy. We weren’t planning for a doomsday so 50 people could live in the vaults and run the world from bunkers. It was to preserve the tech, not house people,” Denise told us.

    So ever since then, CST has dug vaults and equipped them in California, New Mexico, and Wyoming (and we provided maps to all of them in our story with Dylan Gill).

    Now, for some reason, Scientology is boasting again about all the next-generation technology it’s lavishing on the process of storing and preserving Hubbard’s words so they last forever and can jump-start a civilization after a nuclear winter. Or something.


    And just look at all the ways Scientology is spending tax-exempt dollars so all the crackpot nuttiness Hubbard wrote about his trips to Heaven and years as a race car driver 30,000 years ago on Earth will be preserved forever more:
    The complete article, with open comments, is here:
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  2. Jeff Jacobsen Member

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  3. RightOn Member

    nope not wacky at all
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  4. GibbousWaxing Member

    One thing I've always wondered...

    If these vaults are so perfectly impregnable, how are the future generations going to open them up to avail themselves of the precious Tech?
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  5. Jeff Jacobsen Member

    Would it be possible to do some Water Shaming of CST in that area?
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  6. RightOn Member

    OT powerz silly wog.:rolleyes:
    Seriously, more of the general population needs to hear about these wacky vaults.
    The National Enquirer can run a "Tom Cruise funded scientology's supa secret vaults" story.
    Before MI5 would be great.:D
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  7. ravenanon Member

    That actually crossed my mind too. Anyone have any recent pictures of the area? IF they are suing water form there own lakes then they can do whatever.

    I would like for anyone to run them the US media has that freaks face promoting his movie everywhere. The US population so quickly forgets going clear
  8. RightOn Member

    I would think most of, if not all of the boneheads who still like Cruise and would go see that pile of shit didn't see Going Clear.
    And OR they saw it and still didn't make the connection that Cruise financially bankrolls and supports an evil abusive cult.
    Don't forget, his PR team is on double time promoting this turd and trying to make him relevant and "looking for a new wife"
    His movie will do good over seas and in rentals. The box office is another story. We shall see.
    I really hope other movies blow it out of the water.
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  9. RightOn Member

    and there are people like Jimmy Fallon who continue to stroke Cruise's ego and career. And this isn't the first time he has yucked it up with Cruise.
    Does Fallon have any say who is on his show or not? I have no idea.

  10. DeathHamster Member

    Obviously shooped image:

    The ceiling is fuzzy, monochrome and doesn't match the gold racks, which are crispy all the way down. Also, the curvature is wrong if that's supposed to be a structurally sound hemisphere. There seems to be repeated pattern on the left "D" racks, as if eight or so racks were cloned a few times. It's a FAAAAKE!

    Another shot, very carefully cropped:

    Except for the cropping, this looks like a real picture. The ceiling curve makes sense if it's going to be vertical at floor level. Notice how close the front of the racks are to the ceiling light fixture. (Compare with the shooped image.) If there are "C" and "D" racks facing each other, there's barely going to be room to squeeze between them, never mind open them up and pull out the cases.

    I said except for the cropping, so let's examine that. CoS are creatures of habit when it comes to cropping. They show what they want to show and hide that it all changes just outside the shot. If they're trying to show how big a room is, they hide that the camera is jammed into a corner and there's a wall just out of shot. If it's a crowd, the edge of the crowd is just out of sight.

    So what are they hiding in that shot? First off, if the rows were like the shooped image, they could have taken the shot from further along the row and showed a lot more racks. They also wouldn't have had to have been so close to the rack with the cover rolled up. Second, the camera is that close because it can't be any further away.

    My guess is that they didn't show more than 6-7 racks in the shot because that's all there are in that row: Less than 20 of those fancy racks in total, just enough for a manipulated photo. As well, that has to be their best of the several vault locations. If another location was any better, that's where they would have taken the picture. Likely the other locations are worse, with no racks. (It wouldn't make sense, even for CoS, to dribble out racks to several locations. Do one vault completely, then shift the Sea Org to the next location.)

    CST has been claiming that they've done all the vaults years ago, and a cropped shot and fake image are all they can show? Where did all the money go that was claimed to be spent on that project?

    Scientology vaults
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  11. The Wrong Guy Member

    Document leak: When the FBI investigated Scientology’s bizarre New Mexico vault

    By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker, December 9, 2015

    We have a juicy document for you today, courtesy of our friend and dogged researcher, R.M. Seibert.

    You knew that the FBI investigated and raided Scientology in 1977, and Lawrence Wright revealed in his 2011 New Yorker article that the FBI investigated Scientology for human trafficking in 2009-2010. But here’s what we didn’t know until now — the FBI also investigated Scientology in the late 1980s for the bizarre underground vault it was digging in the New Mexico desert.

    We’ve written several times about the most secret of Scientology’s many secretive entities, the Church of Spiritual Technology (CST), which was formed in 1982, two years after Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard went into permanent hiding.

    Despite being in seclusion, Hubbard was still fully in control of Scientology in 1982, and the formation of CST and the creation of its bizarre mission was all to Hubbard’s specifications. We learned this from Denise Brennan, who helped make that corporate restructuring happen. Denise told us, before her tragic death last year, that the idea for CST’s strange mission — to dig underground vaults for the storing of Hubbard’s “technology” against nuclear annihilation — actually was modeled after some passages in Hubbard’s new novel that was coming out then, Battlefield Earth.

    Ever since, CST has dug vaults in various places, equipping them at incredible expense in order to preserve Hubbard’s words for the coming millennia. (Recently, Scientology itself gave us our best glimpse yet of the costs and materials that are involved.) There are four CST compounds in California, and three of them have vaults. We learned recently from Mike Rinder’s blog that the newest project, in Wyoming, has run into trouble and appears to have been shut down before it could get its vault into the ground.

    But perhaps the most well known, and bizarre, of the vault projects is near Trementina, New Mexico. It’s drawn flyovers from news crews for years, including a recent one by the Daily Mail, which gave us the sharpest views of the place yet. John Sweeney tried to drive in to the property for his book, and he got a lot of attention for calling it Scientology’s “space alien cathedral.”

    It isn’t that, but it’s not much less strange. Former CST employee Dylan Gill told us back in 2012 what the various features of the place are for. There’s the vault itself, dug into the side of a rocky mesa, where Hubbard’s words are etched on stainless steel plates, kept in titanium containers filled with inert gases, and built to last thousands of years, even through a nuclear blast. The entrance to the vault is camouflaged behind a three-story building that Dylan referred to as the “ventilation house” (pictured, above). There’s another, larger dwelling on the property, but there are hardly ever more than just a couple of people at the site. And the parcel also contains two things visible from the sky — an airstrip, and the CST logo, two interlocking circles carved into the desert.

    Gill called the larger building the “LRH House,” and said that CST employees were seriously expected to believe that the logo carved into the ground would guide the returning thetan (spirit) of L. Ron Hubbard to the LRH House, where he could then live and plot his restoration to Scientology’s leadership.

    But it was something a lot less sci fi that got CST in trouble with the FBI. According to the document we obtained, in 1987 some Bureau of Land Management employees discovered that the project was underway when they realized that a new dirt road had been cut illegally across public land.

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  12. The Wrong Guy Member

    The 6 Most Ridiculous Things That Are Guarded Like Fort Knox | Cracked

    Here's the relevant excerpt:

    #5. Scientology's Top Secret Archive Of '80s Memorabilia

    The most secure of Scientology's many ominously locked-down locations is the church's headquarters in California, nicknamed "Twin Peaks," and the home of church leader David Miscavige.

    According to ex-Scientologist and whistleblower Dylan Gill, who was the foreman for the project, the base is every bit as difficult to infiltrate as that scene from Mission: Impossible. Hidden beneath a bunch of innocuous-looking log cabins, it's a sprawling underground facility fitted with infrared and visible light cameras, heat sensors, motion sensors, bunkers capable of surviving a nuclear blast, and razor wire ... because if something is worth protecting, it's worth over-protecting to an insane degree.

    So what kind of treasure is Scientology hoarding in its top secret equivalent of Area 51? According to those very few who have been granted access, the most protected area is the scripture archive. By which we mean the shitty novels of L. Ron Hubbard, most of which you can pick up at a yard sale for 50 cents apiece. But it's not a library of dog-eared paperbacks -- Hubbard's writings are lovingly preserved in a titanium, atmospherically controlled vault, on glorious ... laserdisc.

    The facility was built in the 1980s and was cutting-edge at the time, meaning that all of Hubbard's novels, essays, interviews, and lectures are forever preserved on perhaps the most hilarious of media formats.

    Photographs secretly captured inside the fortress also reveal David Miscavige's private gyro gym. Remember that? The thing that was briefly supposed to represent the future of exercise in, like, 1989? At this point, we can only assume Miscavige has his personal collection of Vanilla Ice records hidden behind a retina scan.
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  13. The Wrong Guy Member

    Church of Scientology has vault hidden in New Mexico | KOAT ABC 7 Albuquerque

    Fifty miles east of Las Vegas New Mexico there are two huge diamonds inside two interlocking circles carved right into the earth. For years, neighbors wondered who owned the buildings and private airport next door.

    It turns out county records show it's owned by the Church of Spiritual Technology, an organization affiliated with the Church of Scientology.


    At the entrance to the property there is a gate and a sign that says private property. There is no mention it belongs to the church. Out there two surveillance cameras can be seen.

    KOAT reached out to the Scientology Church in New Mexico got an email back with a link to its website.

    The site says the property's purpose is to "create and maintain an archive of Scientology scripture for future generations," and they do that by using "more than 135 tons of archival books, stainless steel plates and nickel-plated records, which in turn, are "stored in 2,300 titanium capsules housed in calamity-proof vaults."

    The request for an on-camera interview and tour of the vaults were denied.


    It appears crews are adding more to the property, including this structure, which looks like the landscape itself. Again people are curious.

    The article includes a video clip and open comments, here:
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  14. The Wrong Guy Member

    Drone Flyover: Scientology’s secret base where David Miscavige keeps wife out of sight

    By Tony Ortega, September 14, 2016


    We’ve written numerous times about Scientology’s secretive subsidiary called the Church of Spiritual Technology. CST has a strange mission — to build underground vaults where L. Ron Hubbard’s writings can be stored to survive for tens of thousands of years. And CST has a super-secret headquarters, a small mountain compound east of Los Angeles near a place called Lake Arrowhead.

    If storing Hubbard’s words to survive a nuclear holocaust weren’t strange enough, what makes the CST headquarters compound particularly interesting is that multiple lines of evidence have convinced us that it’s the place where David Miscavige has kept his wife, Shelly, out of sight for more than a decade.

    Now, for the first time, we’re getting an overhead video look at the CST compound, courtesy of the anonymous drone pilot who last week shared with us his flyovers of the church’s international management base near Hemet, California, called “Int Base” or “Gold Base” by Scientologists.

    Int Base is itself secretive, but not on the level of CST. If only a tiny percentage of the world’s Scientologists ever get the chance to visit or work at Int Base, almost none of the top officials at Int Base knew anything about CST’s super-secret headquarters, even though it was just some 50 miles away. Amy Scobee, for example, a top former Sea Org executive for more than 20 years, told us she’d never known where CST’s HQ was located until she left the church.

    Most Scientologists today can’t even agree what to call the place. Some call CST’s headquarters compound “Twin Peaks” for a nearby community, others “Rim of the World” for a nearby highway, still others call it “Rimforest” or “Crestline,” for two local villages.

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  16. GibbousWaxing Member

    The correct, historically accurate name for that location is the "Squirrel Inn" property. There used to be a lodge there called the Squirrel Inn. I don't know if the original building still exists there in any form, but I suspect not.

    Wonder why CST changed it?
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  17. The Wrong Guy Member

    DRONE FLYOVER: Scientology’s secret ranch where L. Ron Hubbard departed this Earth

    By Tony Ortega, September 21, 2016


    Two weeks ago, an anonymous drone pilot gave us a view of Scientology’s secretive international management base (“Int Base”) that we’d never seen before. Then, last week, he flew us over the even more secret “CST” headquarters compound in the mountains above Los Angeles, where we believe Scientology leader David Miscavige stashed away his wife Shelly eleven years ago.

    Today, we’re getting yet another video vantage point that’s never been seen before. It’s a drone flyover of L. Ron Hubbard’s last earthly coordinates before he left his body and this planet to continue, Scientologists say, his research into creation’s ultimate secrets, unimpeded by a physical body.

    Today’s amazing drone footage takes us over the Whispering Winds ranch near Creston, California, where Hubbard spent his final few years in total seclusion before he departed this planet at 8 pm on January 24, 1986.

    We’re going to take you to the exact spot where that occurred, something even most Scientologists — church members or independents — have never seen.

    So we’ll try to keep the J&D at a minimum today as we get a close look at what should be one of the holiest sites in the Scientology universe — and yet is not marked with a monument or any other marker that we can see.

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  19. The Wrong Guy Member

    A Trip to Scientology’s Secret Underground “Armageddon Bunker” Near My House

    By David G. McAfee, Patheos, July 23, 2017


    You may not know this, but the Church of Scientology has a top secret underground base in Southern California where they have nuclear-safe bunkers for Tom Cruise, John Travolta, and other top church officials.

    It’s an extremely secretive building, hidden away in the San Bernardino mountains a few hours outside of Los Angeles, and the wife of the head of Scientology currently lives there. Its perimeters are littered with security cameras, and it just so happens to be a few minutes from my house.

    The building, located in Crestline, California, is part of Scientology’s secretive subsidiary – the Church of Spiritual Technology. It’s supposed to be used to preserve the works of L. Ron Hubbard, as well as to help Cruise, Travolta, and other famous members survive a nuclear holocaust.

    A few former church members and journalists have photographed the base by drone and revealed its goals, but I wanted to take a look for myself. Still, this is a dangerous group with high-tech security protocols, so we took precautions. We dressed in our hiking gear and parked at a carpet store near the compound.

    We began walking down N Road, which stretches along one side of the compound, and noticed a few interesting things. For one, there were cameras everywhere. There were hundreds of cameras all over the property and just outside of it.

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  20. The Wrong Guy Member

    Sensibly Speaking Podcast #177: Scientology's Church of Spiritual Technology ft. Dylan Gill | Chris Shelton

    "This week I am joined by former Sea Org member Dylan Gill to discuss his experiences at Flag and then the Church of Spiritual Technology as a high-level executive. We trade anecdotes and do our best to keep up with all the cryptic language involved in talking about Scientology. Enjoy!"

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