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Scientology’s secret sites: The Bunker premieres drone footage never before seen of ‘Int Base’

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Recently, the Underground Bunker was contacted by an anonymous source who said he had something rather spectacular he wanted to share with our readers. We were stunned when we saw what he was talking about. He has made super-high-quality films of Scientology facilities, using a 4K camera mounted on a drone.

You have never seen Scientology’s secretive compounds like this. Our source says that he complied with local laws when he made these videos, but we have a feeling Scientology will be contacting YouTube to try have these films taken down. So while they’re available, please give them a good look.

Today, we’re embedding two flyovers of Scientology’s 500-acre international management headquarters near Hemet, California. Known as “Int Base” to Scientologists, it’s also called “Gold” or “Gold Base” because it houses the studios of Golden Era Productions, where Scientology makes its films.

When you play the videos, make sure to full-screen them so you can take in the incredible detail.

 

 
We sent some screenshots from the videos to Tom DeVocht — a man who worked at the base over two lengthy stints, the last ending in 2005. In the shot below from the opening of the first video, he pointed out that “berthing” — a set of newer apartment buildings — can be seen in the middle of the picture.

 
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“Berthing was one of the things I got declared for,” DeVocht says, referring to being “declared” a “suppressive person,” which is how a Scientologist is excommunicated. Construction of the berthing apartment buildings had been taking a long time, but DeVocht was aware that when they were finished, Scientology leader David Miscavige was going to use them to lock away dissident members.

“I didn’t complete them so DM could lock up the SPs there. Fuck that, I’m not locking anyone up,” he says, which is what got him in trouble.

Also in the frame, at the bottom of the picture on the right side, you can see a building that DeVocht says was a special gym constructed for the use of Miscavige and his best bud, Tom Cruise.

The view then moves on to take in a closer look at one of the most significant places in the compound, Building 50, the offices of the Religious Technology Center and its chairman, Scientology leader David Miscavige. It’s a massive building that houses elaborate rooms dedicated to Miscavige’s use — rooms that we gave you a good look at a couple of years ago.

 
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DeVocht says that on the far side of Building 50, you can see a long, rectangular building. That’s a garage for Miscavige’s automobiles. And to the right, out of the picture, there’s a power plant that was built to make sure that Int Base has its own electricity supply. DeVocht says that Miscavige complained that noise from the power plant would be heard from his offices, so they had to make sure that it was far enough away, and that Building 50 was built like a tank, so the noise wouldn’t bother him.

The view then moves to the left, and we get our first really good look at Bonnie View and the outbuildings near it.

 
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Bonnie View was the name of a Scottish-themed residence that was on this spot when the church bought the property, which had been a resort known as Gilman Hot Springs. L. Ron Hubbard liked the Bonnie View house, modest as it was, and intended to live in it when he was visiting the base and no longer in hiding. But Miscavige had the house torn down and replaced with this much larger version.

When we asked what was in the building today, DeVocht says the place is filled with items from Hubbard’s life.

“There are maybe just a couple of staff members in Bonnie View now. It has all of LRH’s artifacts. His Boy Scout stuff. It’s supposed to be a museum, and there was talk that maybe someday it would be open to the public.” He adds that construction of the house was rushed and shoddy. “That place was built as badly as Building 50. In a major quake, that building will come down.”

He also learned that the artifacts in the house are just replicas. “The originals are kept in a vault at CST,” he says, referring to the Church of Spiritual Technology, the strange Scientology entity that digs vaults in various places for storing Hubbard’s writings so they survive a nuclear holocaust.

As for the structures around Bonnie View, the small building to its right, with a peaked roof, is a garage that houses Hubbard’s Dodge Dart and his Bluebird motorhome.

To the upper left in the picture, there’s a long rectangular building — DeVocht says it houses an Olympic-sized pool that was built for Hubbard’s use. And the three small buildings at the top of the picture feature visitor suites, which Tom Cruise would use when he was visiting. One of them houses a full-sized theater for Cruise’s use.

The view turns again to the left, and downhill, back toward the highway that bisects the compound. From this view we can see quite a few buildings clustered in front of us.

 
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At the far left edge, in the middle, is the “Qual” building with its steeple. Tom tells us it’s filled with courserooms. Next to it on the right is “Del Sol.”

“International management was there in 1983,” Tom says. But then in 2001, he did a renovation of it that put in auditing rooms with video cameras. Below that, the collection of small buildings at an angle, is “The Ranchos.”

“That’s where all the book compilations were done, the Basics. I renovated it for that.” At the very bottom of this image, there’s a large rectangular building that is an air-conditioned storage facility. “That has every photograph ever taken of Hubbard, and copies of every film. They have photos of Hubbard that the world has never seen.”

Above the storage facility, the building with a flat white roof in the middle of the image, is where voiceover work took place.

“Somewhere in this picture there is a whole laundry facility just for doing Miscavige’s laundry,” Tom says.

To the upper left, just this side of the highway, you see two square buildings with flat white roofs. They housed “The Hole,” the notorious prison for executives where Miscvaige, beginning in January 2004, locked away up to about 80 people, some for several years.

Each morning, the prisoners in the Hole would be let out to march through a tunnel under the highway to the long double-building you see on the other side, where they could shower. That structure also housed the Landlord Office, where Tom worked and planned renovations to the compound.

The camera makes its way across the highway, and we get a great view of the “Cine Castle” — the huge studios used by Golden Era Productions.

 
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Tom directed our attention to the mostly dried-up lake at the top of the image. He said it was from the back nine of the golf course, which was abandoned after an attempt to turn the compound’s nine-hole course into a full 18.

After sweeping around, the camera makes its way over the south side of the compound, with its large body of water.

 
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“That lake used to be a small pond. It’s where they used to make people jump into the water,” Tom says. Mike Rinder and Marc Headley have described being marched down to the lake and told to jump in, sometimes in chilly weather, as a form of punishment.

But the lake also prompted another memory from Tom: “They use millions of gallons a day watering that grass,” he says.

The camera sweeps back over Berthing and uphill, then turns around and comes back down over Building 50.

 
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We pointed out to Tom that we could only see one car in the photo. Seems like a pretty huge expense for so little use.

“I spent close to $47 million on that building, after Bitty [Miscavige] had spent $47 million already,” he says. “And you see all those big trees around the building? You have to understand, this was desert. I had Miscavige telling me, ‘Tom, I want my building to look like it’s in the forest. I want it to look like you cut down trees to build my buildings. I don’t want small trees that will eventually grow. I want big trees so it looks like you had to cut them down to put up the building.’

“So I hired a guy — he was 94, and he had built the Wynn in Las Vegas, total character this guy — and we hired him and a local company. I showed him around. He said, ‘Are you kidding me? Who the hell is this building for? You’re out in the middle of the desert. What’s this building for?’

“He said it was impossible to put in really big trees. So we went as big as we could. It was very expensive — and then Miscavige busted me for spending too much and being over budget. But then, he complained, ‘I thought I told you to make it look like it was in a forest. What are these small plants?’

DeVocht says the trees cost as much as $10,000 each.

The view then sweeps down to the highway, and we get a good look at the Star of California, the building next to a pool that’s supposed to evoke a sailing ship, complete with three masts.

 
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“That was meant for Hubbard,” Tom says, to make the “Commodore” feel at home. Did DeVocht get to use the pool? “I think twice the entire time. On Sea Org Day, or something.”

And some images from the second flyover. A closer look at The Hole, on the right, and just below it, at the very bottom edge, buildings known as the “200s,” which, Tom says, house L. Ron Hubbard’s personal auditing folders.

 
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To their left, also at the bottom edge, are sound studios for music recording, known as the “Ravs.”

A later view puts the Qual building right in the center…

 
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And then, across the highway, we see the Massacre Canyon Inn on the right, where there’s a large mess for crew to eat.

 
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“It has a big galley kitchen. We held staff meetings there. And it has executive game rooms, where Miscavige would play video games all the time.”

Attached to it, slanting to the left, were buildings which contained meeting rooms. And behind it, the building with a gingerbread look…

“That was the original film studio. It was one of the first things they built there. In front of it, you see the Tavern, where talent would go to eat. To its right, Hubbard office when he was going to be at studio. The studio was mostly defunct when I was there.”

Thank you, Tom, for that guided tour. We look forward to hearing from other former residents of Int Base about their memories of specific locations found in these remarkable films. Tell us all about Int Base, readers!

 
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  • Douglas D. Douglas

    My only disappointment in these truly epic flyovers is that there was little attention lavished on the southwest corner of Building 50. This is the location of a very, very special office, and even more special private terrace. It is, of course, where Miscavige keeps his stainless steel desk, and where he can step outside for a quick smoke, behind bullet proof glass. Here are screen grabs of the two closest passes. The office in question is between the two “towers” at the top floor in the corner to the right as you face the building.

    I hope the provider of these videos will be able to return and get a really good look at this otherwise unremarkable corner of the building.

    (refresh)

    • Ben Franklin

      You may only be able to get the kind of footage you are hoping for from the paparazzi. I don’t think these kind of drones are equipped with the long range HD lenses than can let you see a Taco on DM’s plate

      • Douglas D. Douglas

        I was not anticipating looking through windows. But I would have liked as close a look as we got at, say, the back yard of Bonnie Brae.

    • Susan black

      Yes, get a good close look of that building. But do it soon, before Dave wraps the entire building in white sheets.

      • Graham

        Or absolutely massive shrub-tech!

  • 9001

    Beautiful footage…of a ghost town. What a waste!
    On another topic, OpenCorporates have added Malaysian data. A $cientology entity in Kuala Lumpur called SCIENTOLOGY & DIANETICS SDN. BHD is shown as active. Anyone know what that could be? Aren’t they banned in Malaysia?
    https://opencorporates.com/companies/my/68801-P
    The only info a google search brought up is that it was dissolved as of Dec 2015.

  • Douglas D. Douglas

    Calling on the experts. In the attached image, what is the building in the lower left corner? It is very near the original Massacre Canyon Inn. And do I see a set of elephant doors on it?

    Inquiring minds want to know.

    (refresh)

    • What’sup

      It might be where they keep the files on Lisa McPherson. Otherwise known as the elephant in the room.

      • aquaclara

        ZING!

      • April

        I’m sure those were shredded a long time ago.

    • dreamcatcher

      look at the last picture/screenshot in today’s post – Tom’s description:
      […] And behind it, the building with a gingerbread look…That was the original film studio. It was one of the first things they built there. In front of it, you see the Tavern, where talent would go to eat. To its right, Hubbard office when he was going to be at studio. The studio was mostly defunct when I was there.”

      • Douglas D. Douglas

        Ah. So those doors would have been used to truck scenery in and out.

        Thanks!

  • Douglas D. Douglas

    Another one for the experts: Did either of these videos capture an image of the sniper’s nest in he hills above Int? If so, which one and at which point?

    Thanks!

  • chukicita

    At 12:43 in the second video – security guy looking up at the drone. [thanks, JJ]

  • Panopea Abrupta

    Advance orders for my upcoming book are currently being taken.
    Send $47.47 plus 4.7% for shipping and handling to:

    Abrupta Mansions,
    (Book Dept. – Ideal section)
    47 Chowder Lane,
    Niblet,
    NJ 04747

    • What’sup

      I take it you’ll be giving an advanced copy to you know who for the mandatory fact checking.

      • Scream Nevermore

        Or you’ll rue the day!

    • Harpoona Frittata

      Beautiful cover, great idea!

      I had a similar idea to KSW (Keep $cn Withering), which is to do a “Ghost Orgs” photo essay project in which volunteers from across the nation (perhaps even the world) could infiltrate their nearest $cn org, snap a few pics of the interior and exterior org spaces, such as the academy areas and parking lots, and upload them to a variety of anti-$cn sites, with whatever witty and humorous commentary those individuals might care to add (e.g., “Your IAS donations hard at work,” “Quiet please, whale milking in progress”)

      Everyone could do their own original and creative take around the general theme (e.g., “Empty Orgs, Broken Promises”) and highlight whatever aspect of “$cn’s BIGGEST Fail Ever” to graphically illustrate the fact that planetary clearing is definitely not taking place, despite the hundreds of millions of dollars spent on buildings and renovating massive amounts of clean, shiny Ideal Org square footage space.

      The off-policy hypothesis advanced by lil davey the savage in 2003 for launching this massive real estate expansion program was that a huge increase in square footage of Ideal Org space would directly translate into an exponential rise in the number of auditors trained and well done auditing hours delivered (the only LRH-designated stats measuring progress towards clearing the planet), while meeting the rapidly increasing demand for services that existing orgs were experiencing (See here for an overview of the cherch’s rationale for the program and note the false claim that the Tampa org had undergone 4x expansion and therefore needed a larger space http://www.freedommag.org/issue/201407-flag/ideal-orgs-mark-era-of-expansion.html )

      That central premise has been disproved time and time again as none of the completed Ideal Orgs have become Saint Hill size or spawned the opening of new missions in their areas. Nor have they resulted in huge increases in the number of new individuals beginning services either. Despite the blatant obviousness of this failure to $cn watchers who’ve been following the Ideal Org project from its inception ( see here examples http://tonyortega.org/2013/06/01/heres-some-photographic-proof-that-scientologys-ideal-orgs-are-killing-the-church/ http://www.mikerindersblog.org/more-ideal-fail-phoenix/ ), the conclusion that huge increases in Ideal Org square footage DOES NOT result in a concomitant exponential increase in number of auditors trained and well done auditing hours delivered has not penetrated the, apparently, quite thick skulls of $cn whales, celebs or rank-and-file $cilons.

      Somehow, through whatever combination of group hypnotic trance induction, mass fear conditioning and oceans of Kool-Aid guzzling, these poor marks have been bait & switched to within an inch of their lives and appear to have completely forgotten what the penultimate goal of $cn is and has always been: To clear the planet! That goal can only be accomplished through auditing, and auditing can only be obtained through trained auditors. So, if there’s no large increase in the number of auditors that are being trained, then there can be no exponential rise in the amount of auditing that’s delivered, and thus, no planetary clearing is possible.

      I ask you, what could be more obvious or important to realize for a $cilon!?

      Despite this extraordinarily simple to understand causal relationship being right before their very eyes to observe, no one has stood up and demanded that the true stats measuring success be revealed or that lil davey the savage be held to account for this massive and hugely expensive failure.

      Instead of shaking our heads in disbelief and disgust over how duped and deceived these poor $cilons continue to be, an ongoing campaign to graphically illustrate the point seems to be in order here!

  • Jenny Griffith

    X marks the spot?

    • Juicer77

      Helipad?

      • Jenny Griffith

        Probably where sea org poop is buried. On Google maps, this area had a small, water filled hole. Now, just an “x”. Do they have their own septic system?

        • flyonthewall

          Jeff Hawkins just commented and mentioned that spot.

          ” 2. The “CMO Gold” building is gone – I forget what it was called – “19 House” maybe? That patch of land where it was has been cleared off and there is an “X” in the middle – maybe DM’s helicopter landing area?”

        • Juicer77

          Jefferson Hawkins comments on this upthread. Used to be a building there.

        • Techie

          They have a whole sewer system and an evap pond. One of the punishments for those “in the Hole” was to clean out the evap pond. I don’t see it in any of the photos, it is a bit down the road from the Castle on the same side of the road. They also have their own well for water, quite deep.

          • Graham

            Ah yes. Cleaning out the dried up dusty sewage without any protective gear. A memorable chapter in Marc Headley’s “Blown for Good”.

  • BeeTee

    KABC radio in Los Angeles (790 AM) is this morning advertising an appearance of Tony Ortega to discuss breaking Scientology news today on the “Jillian and John” show, which runs 3 – 6 PM, Pacific time.

  • MaxSpaceman

    The video footage acquired, as known only to a few select RTC Executives.

    The Scn Landlord’s Office informed the RTC that they needed an appraisal of the Hemet Int/Gold base property. They specifically asked for airborne video footage in order to show the scope and size of the property, not just show a list of numbers.

    Word went out to the global OT Committees and the footage appeared on the video servers at Gold the next morning.

    An OT VIII postulated and
    — Thetan went exterior
    — Thetan mocked up video camera
    — Thetan took aerial video of property
    — Thetan postulated footage onto Int/Gold servers
    — Thetan returned to meat body
    — Individual went into session, Cause Resurgence.

    That is how it really happened.

    • Graham

      Well I’m convinced. Sounds just like the kind of thing those kooky OTs must be doing all the time. But if they can do this why can’t they get SMP up and running?

    • Series of loud snaps. Darkness descends on Thetan. They hit a power line.

  • Lousy Ratatouille

    IT’S A PRIVILEGE ……………………………………… to be able to watch this beautiful footage of Gold Base and to have all the inside information! Also the accompanying music goes very well with the footage.

    It’s a pity this compound is being used for $cientology and it’s even worse that their leader is a bullying, humorless, lying, cruel, ruthless, spoiled little baby named Slappy.

    Thank you, Tony and your anonymous source and thank you, Tom DeVocht and all commenters giving their insight and information and everyone involved!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NnUlP2YLBw

  • MarcabExpat

    I’m as thrilled at this at everybody… but a little part of me is wondering, how can he be so sure he’ll be able to post the rest of the videos without some sort of legal pre-empting? Would it not be wise possibly to dump everything out there at once so it at least gets seen (and presumably downloaded) before the takedown demands begin? or is there nothing they can do to him as long as he hosts them on a google drive?

    • Dolphin Bunnywolf

      Links to the 4.7 gb full rez videos are in the video descriptions on youtube.

      • MarcabExpat

        Yep, I downloaded the originals to archive as soon as I saw the link 🙂 But my question is whether Co$ can force the videos off the Internet, whether on YouTube or GoogleDrive? These are supposed to be just the first two in a series.
        [edited for clarity]

        • I don’t see how they would have a legitimate DMCA takedown. There’s no “copyright” on Int Base. They might claim that it’s violation of their privacy, but that’s a murky legal swamp.

          On the other hand, they might use some pawn to fire a bogus DMCA takedown. Hopefully YouTube has been getting smarter at dealing with those in recent years.

      • MarcabExpat

        Yes. I already downloaded them. My question is about future videos in the series, and whether Scn will try to prevent their uploading now that the cat is out of the bag.

  • Juicer77

    Thank you, anonymous source! 🙂

  • Jefferson Hawkins

    Wow, brings back a lot of memories, most of them bad. Running around the buildings as punishment, getting thrown in the lake, etc., etc. A couple of points that former Base staff will note:

    1. The grounds are in terrible shape compared to when we were there a decade ago – large areas of what used to be lawn are now brown, desert landscape. Probably due to lack of staff to maintain it and lack of water. Huge brown spots on the lawns which Miscavige never would have tolerated in the “old days.” Still huge areas of lawn wasting water.

    2. The “CMO Gold” building is gone – I forget what it was called – “19 House” maybe? That patch of land where it was has been cleared off and there is an “X” in the middle – maybe DM’s helicopter landing area?

    3. All of the buildings out at OGH are gone – Old Gilman House, Maintenance Man’s House, etc. There was a whole group of buildings out there at the northwest end of the property – all dirt now. These buildings were mostly used as prisons for wayward staff. They probably use sections of Berthing for that now, as Tom mentioned.

    4. The “Swamp” out near the OGH compound appears to be totally dry. Used to be a swamp with impenetrable vegetation.

    5. The “Running Program” circle is gone – overgrown.

    6. No new buildings in ten years.

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      Thank you! I was wondering about Old Gilman House and the “Swamp.” I posted images of the remains of the original Cause Resurgence Rundown track below. Even the stately palm tree is gone– although something has sprouted in its place.

      Was berthing built over ten years ago?

      Did you happen to notice if either of these videos include the sniper’s nest in the hills above?

      • Jefferson Hawkins

        Berthing was mostly completed when I left in 2005.

        • Douglas D. Douglas

          So that was the last big push. Thanks.

      • Susan black

        What the hell is the sniper’s nest? Someone else mentioned it down thread, too. Dave has snipers trained and ready to SHOOT who?

        • Techie

          No, Eagle was just a little guard booth high on the hill, where the Security Guards kept long boring watches with their binoculars. They do have rifles and sidearms but the rifles are kept locked up.

      • Techie

        When they put in the sensors on all the fences and the license plate cameras they pretty much abandoned Eagle (Never a sniper’s nest, only a watch point). It was gone in 2000.

        • Douglas D. Douglas

          Thanks for the clarification.

    • Spackle Motion

      I’m not sure that a brown lawn = lack of staff to maintain. The last couple of years have seen strict water usage regulations in Southern CA, with watchdog groups focusing on large estates. There were many instances of public water shaming in the media for the worst water offenders (ownership information was made public record).

      While I never expect the clams to follow wog laws and rules, I would think that the clams may want to avoid a flap and trim their water usage. The Mormon church on Wilshire Blvd. (that has a very large, very green grass lawn) let their lawn go completely brown and got plenty of good press doing so.

      Just a guess, though.

      • PerpetualOutflow

        I was thinking the same thing.

    • This compound seems to be like Scientology in general. Absolutely no real planning or strategic overview took place during its construction. They never had a clear idea of what they wanted to achieve, nor how they were going to go about it before they started.

      It came to be as the result of an almost random series of ad hoc decisions. It’s not surprising this process brought about something that is bizarre because it doesn’t hand together.

      If you were a member of the CofS, and there at the time, you will be able to explain why a facility:

      a) Has two comically and tastelessly ‘luxurious’ houses
      b) One of these houses will never be occupied
      c) They have a pretend sailing ship, that looks as if it belongs in a kids playground;
      d) They maintain trees are grass in the middle of desert.
      e) It seems to be practically unoccupied

      However, if you don’t understand the dysfunctional rationale behind all this it just looks insane. You look at it all, separately and in combination, and ask why?!

      It’s not just this compound, either. The ‘organisation’ of ‘projects’ by the CofS and response to criticism (or any other external challenge )is ‘organised’ in the same sort of ramshackle way.

      That’s why and outsider (like me) has to hang around in a place like this for a year or two before they begin to understand the motivation of Scientology management. Even so, like any socially isolated petty dictator anywhere, Miscavige’s behaviour is so unpredictable that it’s a roller-coaster ride trying to make sense of it.

  • ze moo

    I noticed a $cieno joke on the Cobert show last night. I don’t remember it, but $cientology was, again, the punch line.

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      It was about the attached image. Something that was sent from the Trump campaign. Colbert stated that most people seeing it assumed it was simply a Scientology poster:

      • Douglas D. Douglas

        And, of course, the internet snark has been brutal:

        • Juicer77

          LOL

      • MarcabExpat

        It works SO PERFECTLY.

        • Douglas D. Douglas

          Oh yes.

      • Gerard Plourde

        The Trump offspring do appear to be a scary bunch in that post. It’s telling that no one in the campaign noticed (or if they did, couldn’t do anything about it).

      • daisy

        the Trump offspring are his campaign. He said he would give them staff positions.

  • edge

    Thank you, anonymous source!

  • (((dagobarbz)))

    How times have changed! All we ever had was a helium weather balloon with the Anonymous logo on one side and the Sea Org rescue number on the other. That was fun!

    • And remember how freaked out they were by the GPS coordinates of a few buildings!

      • (((dagobarbz)))

        Yeah, they tried to nail Keith Henson for that, when it was actually shydavid showing Keith how the GPS dingus worked.

  • SciWatcher

    Usually I’m of the opinion that drones, especially ones with cameras, should be banned. But in this case I’m going to put on my hypocrite’s hat and say, “Well done, Anonymous Source.”

    • Mooser42001

      Well, a few licensing requirements and regulations would not be amiss. Safety must be the first consideration.

  • Todd Tomorrow

    If it wasn’t built on the blood, sweat and tears of slave labor it might be a beautiful place. California is in a severe drought and I think you get fined for watering that much grass. OT, but what does lil’ bm drive around in? I bet he is in a bullet proof suburban.

    • Scrape the whole damn thing back to chaparral.

  • Harpoona Frittata

    Tom Devocht referred to the small but extra vile one here by a pet name that I’d not heard before: “I spent close to $47 million on that building, after Bitty [Miscavige] had spent $47 million already,” he says.

    Is that blasphemous nick name the shortened version of “Itty Bitty”? If so, I wonder how widespread its clandestine use is by the Sea Orgy staff who serve their diminutive Dark Lord there?

    • Observer

      No, it’s Bitty Miscavige, Jenna Miscavige Hill’s mother.

      • Harpoona Frittata

        If you read the rest of that paragraph containing that quote, it’s clear that he’s referring to DM as “Bitty”. Is Tom mocking him as being pocket-sized or denigrating his masculinity by describing him as a female relative, or is it a two’fer ?

        In any event, I like it! I’m always on the look out for new and creative ways to take this mini Dark Lord’s name in vain 😉

        • Observer

          No, Bitty was in charge of that project before Tom.

        • Tony Ortega

          Observer is right. Tom is referring to Bitty Miscavige, Jenna Miscavige Hill’s mother.

          He is not calling DM “Bitty.”

          • Harpoona Frittata

            I get it now, he was alluding to the fact that she (“Bitty”) was in charge of the project before it fell into his hands.

            Thanks for the clarification. I guess I was hoping that the Sea Orgy staff on duty there had come up with some suitably derisive and mocking pet names for him in small recompense for all the humiliation and degradation they’d endured as targets of his sadistic sport.

      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        Dammit! Why y’all gotta rain on my laugh parade? No matter, I’m still going to savor that brief shining moment when I thought Tom was talking about DM. Gawd…I can still remember the glow…

  • SciWatcher

    Also, California is in a drought, you self-important, entitled little shit-head (ie, wee Davy).

  • Well, it all looks authentic, EXCEPT and this is a big except, people were actually USING the soccer field. Exercise time has been reinstated? Doubt it. The “Ravs,” by the way stand for RAV, lRh Audio Visio. Upper RAV and Lower RAV are one of the sets of recording studios and technician spaces. Brings back memories, not all of them good by a long shot.

    • Techie

      They took out “Upper RAV” and put in offices for the translators there. No more technician benches there, just desks. I saw it in one of the “Dead Agent” videos about the paradise at Gold Base. “Lower RAV” used to be a recording area for Hubbard to record lectures on his 12 microphone recording rig. Then later it became just a mixing area with a recording booth.

    • Jefferson Hawkins

      Just checked again – yes, there are crew out exercising. A dozen on the soccer field, a few on one of the volleyball courts, and a few runners. Certainly not the whole crew. My guess is that this was shot on a Sunday morning (the shadows indicate it’s morning) during CSP (personal room cleaning and laundry time). Probably Miscavige is not on Base and they are allowing people to exercise “if they’ve passed their berthing inspection and if their stats are up,” something like that. The few staff leaving MCI (the cafeteria) are heading back to berthing, not to post. It would be interesting to do a flyover during crew muster.

    • FredEX2

      Maybe McSavige is still in Australia or LA or somewhere and so the staff can relax and get out for some exercise etc?

      • And will be in for it after he watches the video and gets back. Even if this is permitted, he’s going to need to someone to lash out at.

        • Draco

          Yup.

  • Oh, and by the way, DM is going to be furious when he sees these: the lawns look like crap for the most part.

    • Graham

      If he’d known we were coming I’m sure he would have made an effort. Don’t you just hate it when friends turn up unannounced?

    • Jefferson Hawkins

      I had the same thought. What’s left of the grounds crew will be in trouble. Also Security will be doing some lowers. They’ll have to post someone who looks for drones 24/7 and sounds an alarm if one is spotted so everyone can run inside!

  • Mrs. V.

    Per Tom “They use millions of gallons a day watering that grass,”. The greatest good for the greatest number of dynamics. Well, California is experiencing the worst drought in modern history. Acres and acres and acres of fires eating everything up, but we need green grass and tall trees in order to clear the planet. You’re welcome, Californians.

  • Dave Reams

    Earlier Scientology drone recording:
    http://youtu.be/DwfxuQtgGE0

    • Baby

      Bawwwwwwwwwwhahahha.. My how he drones on and on and on and …blah

      • MaxSpaceman

        He did, however, reveal the pretty close planet Coltis, near Polaris, the North Star.

        And he did emphasize that Einstein was, categorically, wrong about any speed-of-light limit.

        Coltis, being several light years from Teegeak, is only about 9 weeks via Marcab ‘space planes’ from Coltis.

        So- why colonize Mars? When there’s 76 inhabitable planets in this area of the guhLAXy. And one is only 9 weeks away (if only the prisoners on this planet could get their hands on those Gol’Dang’d Space Planes !)

        • Douglas D. Douglas

          Are you sure he didn’t mean he was nine weeks from colitis?

        • Draco

          Here ya go …f5

    • “You are the people the planet obeys.”

      What an asshole.

    • LongtimeLurker

      I’ve been doing a lot of thinking…

      …he was kind of a jerk, you know?

      • Dave Reams

        ya, we know!

  • This looks like it would be a good level for Metal Gear Solid

    • edge

      I get more of a Half-Life 2 vibe from these.

    • flyonthewall

      Snake!? Snaaaake!!

  • Ann B Watson

    What an Incredible Tour! Thank you Tom from my heart.Outstanding.The feelings I got whilst viewing the place near Hemet,was 1) What a Absolute Waste of $ from those poor souls on dm’s treadmill.All those fancy buildings and toys for two bad bad dudes.dm & tc.2) Only the mighty Cult of Scientology could decide to stick members out in the f###ing desert and then claim to have a lovely forest for dm.I now believe all the cult is totally Nuts!Thank you Tony too.

    • Baby

      Ann.. I saw Marty’s response to you.. Good Lord.. You come here anytime and we will treat you with the respect that you deserve! Love baby

      • Ann B Watson

        Hi Baby, I cannot find Marty’s comment anywhere.But whatever he said or thinks about me that is his opinion & he can certainly own it.If he does not want me to post,tough! I lived through an incredible time in the Sea Org and I will not turn away from my story and all the other stories told about cos..I never knew Marty or wrote to him or knew anything of him when in.All I ever did was buy his book a few years ago.❤️ all of you.

        • Baby

          He is just rude. You are just absolutely the sweetest woman I have had the pleasure of reading posts over at Mike’s..and now here.

          I haven’t bothered posting because he would chop me up in pieces and spit me out..He know about my allegiance to Tony and the Bunker. I was a lost soul when I came here.

          I had lost my twin and wasn’t coping very well. I am a very loyal person. This is my home turf.

          So glad that you are with us.. we ❤️ you too Ann.. xoxox baby

          • Ann B Watson

            Oh Baby I am terribly sorry for your loss.I am very loyal as well.To Mike,to Tony and Elsewhere.You have been an incredible poster and I have loved your touch and comments since I first found them.You know I have been knocked down and out so many times,I just pick myself up,dust myself off and Keep Going.❤️💗💖💘

            • Baby

              You are a very strong woman Ann. Like the Energizer bunny.. xo
              and you are kind.
              Thank you for your heartwarming words. Means a lot to me. f5

              https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/55a94bdd6a9b7ff0c501900e73b8c27bc980208bfac03e09c4e34ff77a4774b7.jpg

            • SciWatcher

              Baby, I know you’ve mentioned your loss before, but I’m not sure that I’ve said how sorry I am. I am not a twin, but I’ve always had the impression that the death of one’s twin is a particularly heartbreaking kind of loss–a kind of “one soul in two bodies” type of situation that makes the separation more profound and difficult to get over. There is a German (or Austrian?) movie called “Goodnight, Mommy” that explores the issue a bit. It’s kind of a horror movie, but very poignant. At least I thought so 🙂

              Was your sister an artist, too?

            • Baby

              Thank you so much Sci.. I have lost my dad and mom.. Jude’s death was a pain that will last a lifetime. It’s tangible .

              I will look for that movie.. sounds good.

              I wasn’t an artist when Jude was alive ..I only drew stick figures all my life as did she. When I emerged from my bedroom after 4 years after her death I was an artist.

              So my first time I painted was at the age of 62.. working through my grief.. xoo.. ( This little guy made me smile..I hope it makes you smile too Sci.. baby f5

              https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/dba4eb18ba057d618b50e09239014e919cb308ff91609a28defcf9a5d3c00ed8.gif

            • SciWatcher

              Wow…58. It’s so young. It actually makes a kind of sense that you began to paint when you were immersed in grief. Probably my favorite quote is by Seneca: “nullam exstitit magnum ingenium sine aliqua dementia.” (Yeah, okay, now I know I’m showing off with the Latin and all, but my Classics education has to be good for something, right?) “There was never a great genius without some madness.” And by this he was referring to the “poetic” genius, the madness of the artist, so to speak. And the “madness” is that of melancholy (and of course, the opposite, the grandiosity of mania). So basically, you can’t be an artist of any worth without pain and suffering, which is why so many of the greats suffered from mental illness. At least that is what I keep telling myself :-). I just love your paintings (one of them is still my ipad background). Ironically, they don’t feel at all sad to me.

              And I love the furry little creature above. Made me laugh.

            • Baby

              Oh Madness.. that defines me… I didn’t feel color at all.. So I had to PAINT color into my life. I was obsessed.

              going without sleep for days.. Painting layers and layers and layers of paint..

              and then just like that I was done. I had 10 orders waiting for me and I felt like an assembly line. A gallery kept asking for more..more..

              My Passion became work.. and I was done. You are so very sweet Sci.. I am flattered that you love my paintings and you still have one as your background on your ipad..

              I am in the process of putting them all on flicker.. I just can’t believe how many I have. I have originals..and then some enhanced digitally.. It’s crazy how much work I put into them..

              That’s why I want to share them… thanks sweetie..Love baby

            • SciWatcher

              XO 🙂

        • pluvo

          It is mentioned on the exscn forum (at the bottom of the page): http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.php?42581-Rathbun-Attempts-To-Defend-David-Miscavige/page30

        • ReallyMGM

          I saw it, and it was NASTY and TOTALLY uncalled for. I don’t comment at Rinders site or ExSci but I have read your comments there. You have never been anything but nice and shared your experiences in CoS. {{{hugz}}} Good to see you here!
          ETA: Don’t comment at Rathbun’s site either, but for different/obvious reasons.

    • Mrs. V.

      I second Baby’s comment. That was rude and you’ll be treated with respect here.

    • aquaclara

      Echoing the other comments here from Baby, Mrs. V, Pluvo, et al.
      There was no need for anyone, no matter how hurt, paid off or pissed off to spew like that. Ignore it, stick with friends, and things will be much, much better all around.
      And now we can go enjoy Baby’s puppy pic. 🙂

      • Ann B Watson

        I love puppy pix.❤️

  • Michelle Klein-Hass

    Suggestion: you might want to scrape this video before it’s gone. http://keepvid.com/ works a treat.

  • Vaquera

    Pretty please let there be another video post tomorrow.

  • UhLasare

    Disqus is not cooperating, so I can’t see most comments right now. Anyone with knowledge commented on the soccer/volleyball players at the beginning of video 1?

    • UhLasare

      Oh, nvm. Tony did below. Lol

  • LOL fun artical. Thanks to the piolet. 77-96 at AOLA we were told Gold and WDC were at a secret location. I knew it was probably by Hemet because some staff got book commissions and a Hemet bank would be endorsed on the back. But what control it took to keep it secret. Scarry. Scarry to think What do we still not know? Today I can’t think of one thing good about that religion. Thank goodness its numbers are dwindeling. I hope there are at least 150 routing out at PAC base (smiles)

  • flyonthewall

    OT before I forget – Holy Hell is on Netflix now.

    • Baby

      Thanks Fly..

  • Frodis73

    So, I tried replying twice to you know who and his post that Tony owns me. I replied that no, I was just mistaken cos I had read the thing first thing in the a.m. I *did* clarify that TO asked about what Tom said and also encouraged him to publish his entire thing in full since TO only did 1/20th.

  • Frodis73

    These vids are great….I bet DM had a hisssy fit, or will have one when he wakes up.

  • Jimmy3

    They should sell vacation packages to this place. They could have different themes at different prices. I would sign up for The Hole Experience.

  • Teegeeack AV Club Secretary

    What strikes me most about the footage is how close the Hole is to the highway. For the people trapped, now and in the past, that’s gotta be a form of torture itself. The road out is right there. The people inside can see it out the windows. Can see other people living their lives in freedom who just zoom by without a care. So near and so far. Just futile glimpses of hope as the prisoners trudge out for a cold shower and another day with 15 hours of drudgery. Maybe humming “Folsom Prison Blues” as they do.

    • Graham

      I’m surprised Slappy Dave hasn’t had The Hole demolished as part of his claim that it never existed.

      • Techie

        That is kind of strange. Supposedly the folks who were “in the Hole” were moved into building 50 and now live in the Berthing Buildings. There are not many of them left anyway.Originally the double wide trailers were supposed to be temporary offices for the Exec Stata, CMO INT, Watchdog Committee, ED Int etc. while new buildings were being done in that wide expanse of lawn near Building 50. Perhaps that makes the traffic circle a little more sensible. The original plan was for more large buildings in that area. But there has been no sign of the new buildings. Maybe they still have some idea of having offices in the double-wide trailers? Or some other unit has moved in? Hard to say, but the trailers look really ugly from the air.

        • pluvo

          Maybe he keeps it as a symbol of threat in a sick way. It doesn’t fit with all the other promoted ‘ideal’ facilities.

    • Techie

      There is also a vehicle gate less than a block from the Hole. One reason that he who shall not be named (may his rue never rue the day) was able to zip off on his motorcycle after being officially assigned to the Hole. In real reality they could have simply walked out of the Hole during one of their daily trips to the showers in the Garage, muscled their way past the security guards, forced open the vehicle gate and headed off down the road. The vehicle gate is motorized but you can force it open by hand, especially if there are 40 or 50 to push together. I have done it by myself during power outages. Really what kept them in the Hole is their own bondage to the lies and a certain lack of courage.

  • Len Zinberg

    Haunting…with the traffic of the outside world passing by.
    https://youtu.be/449ZOWbUkf0

    • MaxSpaceman

      Then Mel Gibson’s father and the Holocaust deniers know that all this is

      simply housing for displaced persons, refugees…

      The deniers hate for the Jewish people has similarities with the kind of hate Scientologists have for wogs.

    • Draco

      Arbeit Macht Frei – reminds me of Hubbard’s “production is the basis of morale”.

  • Jay Wood

    This is Udarnik at ESMB. I downloaded the videos and re-posted them to my Rutube account in case the Co$ decides to lean on Youtube. Here are the links:

    https://rutube.ru/video/ad2284791ea0…efb29cd4e86b6/

    https://rutube.ru/video/d4b4bd709255…0b79df7ee7318/

    I don’t wish to step on any toes, and if the original poster wishes to do that him / herself, I can help them walk through the very easy formalities of opening a Rutube account. Unfortunately, most Western software won’t recognize Rutube URLs as videos, so you can’t embed them, for example, into ESMB. However, I thought it would be a good backup for web access. I have a feeling if the Co$ comes calling with a cease and desist request to the Russian authorities, the response will be a hearty “fuck off”.

  • stillgrace2

    Hmm … I noticed a good number of people around the base when I viewed the videos on my big screen. First time I watched a long drone flyover and no one looked skyward and waved or flipped their middle fingers or mooned the camera. Scientologists are no fun!

    • It can happen the other way around, too.

      I was once forced to squat and relieve myself in the corner of a Cornish field. After I have done my business and was pulling up handfuls of grass to clean up with, I heard this tremendous noise.

      Overhead, passing by very slowly, was a Royal Navy Air-Sea rescue helicopter. The winch-man was leaning out of the open door waving to me.

      What could I do? I waved back.

      • Graham

        Hopefully not with the hand which held the grass?

  • Glen

    Really a great video to see the scope of this gawdawful anomaly in the desert land of southern California.

    I am reminded of a couple of peripheral connections for me to $ci institutions. As a kid growing up in the 50’s, the family business and my extended family would have a big yearly reunion at Gilman Hot Springs. Big picnic, swimming, horseshoes, etc., after the endless drive from Los Angeles.

    Also, I was born at Cedars of Lebanon hospital. It later became Big Blue.

    Geez, how do I get these BT’s the hell off of me.

  • Would’ve been a lot earlier with this if I hadn’t spent ages downloading nearly 10 GB of the original hi-res videos and then just gawking at them. Superb! (Remember to order more Lysol for COB’s bulletproof balcony):

    • Draco

      LOL!

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      Bumbo is so beautiful in closeup! Moar! Moar!!!

    • Baby

      Perfect Mark.. hahaha..

  • Still_On_Your_Side

    I am shocked that no armed guard came running out of one the buildings aiming a gun at the drone. Miscavige has to know from experience that once videos have been posted to the internet, he can’t get them back in his bottle. Nonetheless, that won’t stop his $1200 an hour lawyers from making false allegations to get them off of YouTube. He also, probably, has deployed snipers to stand on rooftops at Gold (or on the mountain) with strict instructions to keep their eyes on the sky. Given the dwindling number of members who are young and agile enough to endure the sun on a rooftop for 18 hours straight, Miscavige is probably spending hundreds of thousands of dollars hiring every repo PI he can find to guard the skies of Hemet against the possibility of another $99 drone with a camera flying overhead.

    • flyonthewall

      the important thing is that we don’t let our imaginations run wild

      o.0

    • This looks like a serious bit of kit – more the kind of remotely piloted aircraft used by film companies than the quadcopter that you can buy in a high-end electronics shop. As such, it probably flies to high to be shot down by a rifle – assuming the winds at that altitude would allow anyone to actually hit it.

      What’s more, I understand if you shoot into the air, the bullet comes back down with very nearly the velocity it had when it left the barrel – they might manage to shoot their own people/ facilities.

      • Noesis

        The craft would seem to have gyro stabilizers to produce such smooth footage.

        They are much cheaper than they used to be.

        But the key here is the operator (pilot.) It would appear the person is reasonably skilled.

        BTW – it’s a Federal crime in the US to shoot down a drone, almost regardless of the provocation.

        An easier and harder to trace method would be to jam the radio or cellular connection between the operator and the vehicle, if one was of such a mind.

  • Sid (Phil Jones)

    A haunting look at the Int Base. I keep thinking that there are prisoners down there in some of those buildings. Elder abuse, slavery, and even torture have been reported many times in that compound. Scientology calls that religious freedom.

    • Todd Tomorrow

      Hard to enjoy looking at any of it.

    • Free Minds, Free Hearts

      Yes. It makes me sick reading Marc Headley’s account of musical chairs.

    • Bavarian Rage

      Such a contrast of beauty and agony, opulence and waste. Sprawling parks, pools, and gardens with no one to enjoy them.

  • I didn’t think it would take this long, but I’m not complaining.

    https://whyweprotest.net/threads/imperial-probe-droids.45809/

  • nottrue

    Where the hell is everybody…..

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      I’m right here.

    • flyonthewall

      love that episode

    • MaxSpaceman

      Earl Holliman, 1959.

  • Panopea Abrupta

    Of Clones, Drones and Clams Who’ve Blown

    A new vid for your pleasure, suggested by my beautiful friend from Texas 🙂
    (and then Draco – great minds)

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2mv4H3hzXaQ

    • Tony Ortega

      Oh man, I’m crying.

    • gtsix

      http://mrwgifs.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Taxi-Driver-Robert-De-Niro-Clapping-Gif.gif

      err kernel Cob, sir! Giggles

      and YEA! Can still find parking!

    • Vaquera

      The parking comment gets me every time!
      Leave the room if…. Hilarious.

    • JaxNGold

      I’m in stitches. Dying!

      • FredEX2

        Me too! LOL

    • Jimmy3

      Once again I’ll say that these should be getting old, but they don’t. You kill it every time.
      47 COPIES IN ATLANTA

    • Noesis

      This is a classic…complete with all the contemporary memes…and some brand new ones…well done!

    • Harpoona Frittata

      Literally LOL! Pure genius. That’s gotta be the best film rant rant in history and made just so much better if you don’t know German 😉

      • Nessybach

        I was just thinking “it must suck if you know german”

    • Robert Ramsay

      “Faster than Marty can change his MIRRORED MIND” ! HA !

    • Juicer77

      Three dingoes and a wombat!!!

      • Free Minds, Free Hearts

        Tonight I drink, therefore I scam.

    • Ella Raitch

      While I’m hanging out to see the Marty scripted/directed performnace of Andrew Perez (?) as Miscavige (less than 12 hours!!) I admit I will be a bit disappointed that he probably won’t use rants like yours Pan.

      And of course he has shit-stained boxers……perpetually

    • Sherbet

      Dang! I missed these. Bravo!

    • LongtimeLurker

      I’m really glad I didn’t bother finishing the one I was working on.

      Genius.

    • ExCult.Jan

      OMFG you’re brilliant, Pan! Thanks for that!

    • richelieu jr

      “The next Australian census will find 3 Dingos and. Wombat!”
      And,
      “Don’t worry, you’ll still find parking.”

      Simply slay me. Brilliant!

  • I suppose this had to happen sooner or later.

    Back in the early days of the Internet, the aggressive way in which the CofS reacted to the discussion of Scientology on early newsgroups, trying to suppress it by recourse to copyright law, played a major part in the formation of new law. https://scicrit.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/flashback-to-1995-scientology-vs-the-internet/

    I wonder if the reaction of the CofS to this overflight will include attempts to legally to suppress the use of drones in this way – and whether this will backfire on them again.

    The things that stand out for me are:

    a) The contrast between the parched land surrounding this luxurious compound and the vegetation within it – so many trees and green, green, grass. It’s so artificial, and must require a lot of irrigation.
    b) The road that goes straight through the middle. How many secretive bases have a public road running through them. No self-respecting James Bond villain would permit that.
    c) The utterly inappropriate nature of the buildings, and their isolation. You would expect an tax exempt, non-profit organisation to have offices and productions facilities in an accessible city. Instead they have luxuriously appointed accomodation in the middle of nowhere, and the studios seem to have tacked on as an afterthought.
    d) The incompetence of a manager that spent so much on conspicuous consumption, but made so many false economies when putting up the basic structure, that it’s not properly earthquake-resistant. The emphasis seems to be on providing Miscavige with prestige executive toys, not actually doing anything.
    e) The degree of paranoia that has gone into the ‘security’ measures.

    The overall impression is of a stupendous, misguided, waste of millions to no purpose. If Scientology abandoned and sold the place tomorrow, what could you possibly use it for – especially the deeply daft ‘ship’?

    • Noesis

      This could indeed be a “Barbara Streisand” moment in the history of INT Base…although the drone aspect is a bit trickier because the devices and their use are such political hot potatoes right now.

      For those that want to know more about the “Streisand Effect” :

      http://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2013/04/economist-explains-what-streisand-effect

      In the case of Streisand she was up against a guy (Kenneth Adelman) that had enough money (software) to mess with her until eternity (lol) and ultimately she lost her case in court and even had to pay the defendants attorney’s costs.

      Here’s more info for those that care about the details:

      http://www.californiacoastline.org/streisand/lawsuit.html

      The irony of this is that Streisand (or at least her peeps) had a reputation for calling up tech companies in Silicon Valley that were about to go public and wanting “in” on a “friends and family” basis…for no other reason than…well, that’s what they wanted. It became something of a joke in the valley among people who knew and cared (which is a pretty small crowd – but it was still funny.)

      It’s also funny how what goes around comes around – yes?

  • gtsix

    So that’s where the russian sea ogres are: playing footie at gold.

    Fabulous videos. Wow. What a waste of resources.

    • Ben Franklin

      Aren’t the Russians mostly at Flag. Could be the British, Latin Americans, or even Europeans

  • Username

    A little off topic, but I was just at the Seattle EMP museum Science Fiction Hall of Fame of which Tubbard is not a part. Nominations coming up soon. Saw some scientologist comment online saying of course Tubbard should be nominated and voted in this year. Send in nominations of more worthy people! Not sure who is worthy this year for induction, but anyone else would be better. I can just see the pressure they are going to try to put on the museum or call upon their membership just like they did for the BFE reviews.

    Just a general observation: Tubbard was a (hack) science FICTION writer. Why do people read his work on Scientology today, and for some reason believe that he is telling the truth and writing something that should be taken as fact? He is a science fiction writer!! Believe what people tell you about themselves. If someone says they are a liar…believe them. Just like if it sounds like a duck, looks like a etc…. It’s still a duck. If it reads like science fiction (xenu)… It’s still just science fiction and it will never be anything else even if you tell yourself it’s true and deny reality.

    ….ok, lunchtime

    • SciWatcher

      I LOVE that place. Definitely important to keep it unsullied

  • ToadallyBoss

    it’s also called “Gold” or “Gold Base” because it houses the studios of Golden Era Productions, where Scientology makes its films.

    It’s called Gold Base because of Highway 79, the atomic weight of gold. It seems that the violently insane conman criminal drug addict did learn something while he was failing his one simple physics class.

    • flyonthewall

      doesn’t it mean St. Diego?

      • Jimmy3

        Founded in 1908 by the Germans.

        • flyonthewall

          no, no that can’t be right…

          • Jimmy3

            Yes, that is correct. Stay assy, fly.

    • Tony Ortega

      Got a link?

  • INT BASE Musical Chairs reveals the CULT, Miscavige and the devotees more than most stories.
    Although many know the story, possibly read it before and saw some of it on “Going Clear”, it absolutely reveals the SUPREME POWER of Miscavige over the crew:::::::: (and therefore belongs here today because it is a classic INT Base story, what goes on behind the walls of those buildings depicted in the drone footage.)

    Thursday, 15 January 2009 13:55

    It was just another day in hell.

    We had been “restricted” to the CMO Int/WDC conference room for 2 months now. The
    basic R-factor (Reality Factor) was that until all org boards and postings for
    the Int Base, FB and Class V orgs were done, we were not allowed to leave. We
    had to sleep under our desks each night and food was brought in. We were allowed
    to go down to the Gold Estates Building for showers if we went down real early.
    We were not allowed to be around while other base staff were around.

    We were allowed to go to different areas of the Base, if it was regarding a
    specific COB order that had been issued. If we were to have been found to cross
    order COB in any way while we were in any areas, it was an immediate RPF
    assignment.

    For the most part there was nothing we could do. Anyone who
    had an external facing post was not allowed to send any traffic out. All telex
    lines and orders from the base were cut by COB. As all of the traffic coming
    from the base was cross ordering HIS strategies, he ordered no traffic be passed
    on by AVC to ANY orgs or management units. All of the internal facing posts were
    involved in the org boards and postings. The org boards and postings had
    been going on since the year 2000. Actually the New Years 2000 Event sealed the
    deal on these and was the flap of the century if you want to call that.

    Because the event had been ordered worked on since January of 1999, and
    nobody did anything on it until the end of September, it was a complete fiasco.
    Dave almost got speared to death by a college kid welding a 12 foot flag, his
    speech was written by him over night and he had no sleep before the event. All
    of the visuals that accompanied his speech were not ready and when he was
    reading his speech, pictures that had nothing to do with what he was saying were
    being projected on the screens behind him.

    The entire Event had to be re-done digitally after it was held live at the Sports Arena. This took 2 months
    to do over at least. The entire time this was being done, the continued statement of why the entire event had been a disaster was that NO ONE HAD A POST AND NO ONE AT THE INT BASE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR ANYTHING. That was in 2000

    It is now 2005 and we are locked up in the conference room. This is the latest in a series of “too grusesomes” meant to make people crack under the pressure and do something that COB has asked for.

    COB RTC (Dave Miscavige) asked for a lot of things in a day. If one someone were to keep track
    of everything things he asked for and typed them up, it would take them – Oh wait he has a staff of eight people that do this as their sole function!! They are:
    COB Secretary
    COB Communicator
    COB Sec for Correspondence
    COB Sec for Compliance
    COB Sec for Incoming Traffic
    COB Sec for
    Outgoing Traffic
    COB typist
    COB typist
    The record everything he says throughout the day and then turn those tapes into streams and streams of
    orders that get sent out in triplicate to anybody and everybody that has anything to do with any of them. These people then have to Method 9 word clear his orders before they can even do anything on them.

    There are over 2000 pages of transcripts that deal solely with the subject of getting the Int Base
    org boards and postings done!

    There are lists and lists of every single different possible personnel scenario that could be put into place at the Int Base. Does CMO Gold stay its own org? Does it get put in the Exec structure of Gold? Does it move into CMO Int? Does Annie Tidman stay the CO? If it goes to Gold then she can’t still be the head as her and Lisa Schroer don’t get along that well. Does it get moved across the property, does it stay in the 400’s
    buildings. All of these are taken into account for each org and all of the postings that are being done.

    For at least the last seven years, the org boards and posting have gone like this: All of the postings get worked out by a committee of whoever thinks they are the current exec structure in charge. They order the EstoS to draw up all of the charts and pictures of everybody so it can be seen who is where. Personnel files and experience data is rarely if ever used, this is a “who would I like to do what” drill that gets done by a few
    people. If the persons doing this drill don’t like you, it is likely you will end up on a post that sucks. Okay, so this takes at least a few weeks and the list is almost done. There are however a few WDC and higher exec posts like Gold Div heads that are still vacant. As nobody wants to do those posts as they know that they have a very high turnover rate, the whole thing stalls out and cannot be finished. Dave Miscavige calls a meeting and then all of these people that are doing the org boards and posting get hauled up to Building 50 or the WDC
    conference room for 9 hours to hear what people Dave thinks should be on what posts and which people he DOES NOT want on certain posts.

    After this meeting, they start over on the list and have to somehow put all of the pieces back they way Dave wants them and still be able to come up with a lists that makes sense. Add into this that they had to offload 5 people and 4 people blew since the last list was made. So now they have to someone get rid of some posts
    or name some people that are not even at the base to take these posts once they get to Int.

    Oh yeah, no new people can come to the Int base until the org boards and postings are done so no new personnel arrivals have gone to Int for nearly seven years. There have been over 500 offloads though. You can leave out the backdoor, but no one can come in the front. (Cue all of the LRH references that talk about what it means when personnel lines are shut down.)

    Oh yeah, and for the rest of the things that are not allowed until all of the Int Base Org boards and postings are done. These apply ALL INT BASE STAFF unless otherwise noted:

    Liberties Meal breaks longer than 30 minutes

    Canteen privileges
    Getting Married
    Bonuses
    Having rank (all Int
    Base staff were demoted to a rank of “Swamper” since the year 2000)
    Sea Org
    Day
    Promotions
    Thanksgiving
    Christmas
    New Years
    Birthdays
    (except COB’s) bring on the gifts!
    Going home to berthing (if you are
    directly related to getting the postings or boards done)

    Okay, so now back to the main story here! We are locked up in the conference room and Dave is
    going to come down and meet with the key execs on the music studio. It has just been redone for the fourth time and Dave wants to go over what he found when walking through the Studio that afternoon.

    When one of these meetings happens, you have about 20 people who just go into a room and do not come out
    for hours on end. You will see COB come and goes as he pleases, but the people in the room do not leave, for nothing, no bathroom breaks, no snacks nothing. When Dave leaves or is going to be gone for a bit, sometimes they can duck into a nearby room, grab a protein bar, take a bathroom break and go right back into the room for fear that he will return while they are gone.

    No one is allowed to come into a meeting once Dave has entered the room. Once he is in the
    room, it is locked down so to speak. No one comes or goes unless he directs it.

    Today’s meeting will be at 3PM in the CIC conference room in CMO Int. This room holds about 20 people max and that is with about 10 sitting on one side of the table and the rest standing behind them or sitting in chairs in the room behind the ones sitting at the table. The other side of the table is for Dave. He usually sits at the table and has a set variety of things that have been placed there by his stewards before the meeting:

    Water (specific brand that only he drinks) No one would dare drink that same brand water!

    Protein bars
    Ashtray
    Pack of Camel non-filter cigarettes
    Pens

    Paper Tape recorder (unless room is hardwired for recording which all Int Base conference rooms are)

    The attendants of this meeting are the CST guys, Russ Bellin and his staff that are running projects at the Base, CMO Int execs, and Gold Execs. Annie Tidman is there as she is directly running the Music Studio re-re-re-re-renovation and up-up-grade that is currently being done.

    COB comes in and immediately asks who has been into the studio lately. Of course only one or two people have and even they are probably lying, so he tells everybody to go and look at the main control room. The music studio is right next to CMO INT so it is a 30 second trip over there. The musicians are in there and they have a look of horror on their faces, obviously COB has been by there recently. They say he came in, asked some questions and left.

    We return to the CIC conference room. After a bunch of back and forth questions and guesses from us on what is wrong, we are told by Dave that the mix board was crooked and we all get sent back to the studio control room to see what he is talking about.

    Okay, back in the conference room he give us a lecture on mixing and how it’s done blah, blah, blah. He then asks for a copy of the “Queen’s Greatest Hits” CD to be brought down to the conference room. After
    it is brought down he plays the CD for us and tells us to listen. You have got to picture this. You have 20 people who probably don’t give a crap about Queen, have not eaten, are tired and exhausted do not care about mixing or at least are certainly not going to take away a whole lot in terms of learning about it today, but yet we listen…

    While Dave is playing the CD for us, I think during “Keep Yourself Alive” he suddenly becomes very happy and jumps up from the table. “I just had a great idea!” he says. He is the happiest any of us have seen him in months, almost in glee about this new idea that has popped into his head. He says that we should get something to eat, then get all of CMO Int rounded up and into the WDC conference room for a meeting in about an hour. He says to remove the table from the middle of the room and make sure that there are enough chairs for EVERY SINGLE PERSON to sit down. He is very clear to make sure we understand this part.

    The room has been cleared out. Now the WDC Conference room is much bigger than any other conference rooms on the base. It is basically two trailers put together with no walls or post to block Dave’s view of anyone on the meeting. That is why he likes meeting in this room, he can be close enough to the large amount of people in the meeting to read their reactions. Well, with the table cleared out, there is a lot of people now in the room. All CMO Int except for two Gold Execs. No one had a clue why we are there. We know that Dave was happy about some idea that he had come up while listening to a Queen album and other than that the meeting purpose is unknown. It is around 5:30PM.

    Dave shows up and talks about the org boards and postings, He also talks about how there have been over 500 people that have been musical chaired off post over the last 5 years. (He leaves out the part about
    most of them being as a result of his orders) He then asks a few people what musical chairs means. About 3 people answer with the Scientology definition of musical chairs, no one seems to know that it means something else. One guy from Programs says that it is a game. Dave has him explain the game to everybody.

    “Good. So you guys understand the game?” Dave asks. “Okay, well today we
    are all going to find out how the entirety of Scientology feels about you guys
    playing musical chairs with the posts of international Scientology orgs and the
    Int Base. We are going to play the game musical chairs, but with a twist. You
    are all going to walk around these chairs here, while the music plays, a chair
    will be removed, and whoever does not get a chair when the music stops, well,
    that person will be offloaded from the Int Base.”

    “Those are the rules and that is the game. Oh and the person who is left standing when all but one
    chair is pulled out will stay here and help me repost the base and get Scientology expanded. This is not a joke and I am not kidding. You guys have fucked with me for the last time. I am going to find out right now and right
    here, who is the most determined to stay here.”

    You can imagine the horror on the faces in the room. There were about 70 people in the room and
    everybody knew that this was going to be a very cutthroat ordeal.

    And what did “offloaded” mean? There were so many definitions for this word at the
    Int Base that this was not so clear. To most this would mean that they were
    going to be given $500 put on a bus to the middle of nowhere and told to never
    come back. Some had the hope that it meant to a lower org maybe. To some it
    meant going to the RPF in ANZO, CANADA or AFRICA where no external trouble could
    be caused.

    There was a lot of fumbling around to get the chairs into a giant circle. Dave had the Cine Sec Gold (Federico Tisi) bring up a video camera so they whole thing could be videoed. This was going to be a major production!

    Dave played a few CDs. The Queen one did not work for what he was trying
    to do. “We are the Champions” was not the right message for this. “Mozart’s
    Requiem Mass” was what I think he ended up using. How appropriate!

  • (Part 2, please read Part 1 first)
    Anyway, the first people to go were the usual suspects, the older, more
    reserved bunch. As people would leave the game, Dave had them lined up in one
    area of the room. He would jab comments at them and apologize for it having to
    end up like this. If the person was married or had a spouse in Gold, he would
    ask them why they had not thought about this before. “Is it real to you now?” he
    would ask.

    One guy, John Oldfield, was leaving the game. He was married
    to Megan Oldfield in Gold. She was a video editor and they had been married at
    least few years. John had tears running down his face. Dave asked him why he was
    crying. John said that he was going to miss Megan and that he did not want to
    have to leave like this. Dave said, “Well you never cried for me!”

    To
    prove that he was not kidding, Dave had one of his staff go off and come back
    with actual airline tickets printed up with the people’s names on them. They
    were handed out to people that had been kicked from the game so far.

    As
    the amount of people was getting thinner, Dave started to let the music play
    longer. This went on for hours.

    When it got down to around 20 people, it
    started to get VERY physical. Mark Ingber and Mike Sutter actually destroyed a
    chair by pulling it from each other and fighting and punching each other to let
    go of it. Mark Ingber actually ripped the seat of the chair from the frame and
    sat down on it on the floor! That counted and Mike left the game!

    As the
    final people were weeding out, people were being thrown to the ground, pushed
    against walls and otherwise totally fighting for a chair. If you could imagine
    what it would be like if pro athletes played a game of musical chairs, that was
    what it was like for the last 15 or so people.

    It was very sad to watch.
    People, who were best friends for years, were throwing their best friend to the
    ground for a chance to get a seat in a chair. Most of the people who had lost
    were just made to stand there and wait. Wait and do nothing except wonder where
    you would end up, what would you do, who would you ever see again?

    Most
    of these people knew nothing else except for the Int Base. They had very little
    or no family, or at least they had not seen their family in so long, they did
    not even know if they could go to them.

    No one had credit cards, bank
    accounts, any more than 50 dollars to their name. Very few staff had driver’s
    licenses and fewer had vehicles. And even if they did have a vehicle, it either
    did not run or had been years since they had registered or insured it. How would
    they live, how would they even eat? What would their spouses think of them?
    Would they be told that they were an SP and never hear from their family or
    partner again?

    There were now around 70 people standing off in this big
    group. These people were now being referred to as the “Offload Group” by Dave.
    50% had either been crying or were crying at this point. The other half might
    have even been happy to get the hell out of there or did not care enough either
    way to cry.

    The last 4 people were Greg Wilhere, Sue Wilhere, Mark
    Ingber and Lisa Schroer. Mark was literally thrown aside by Greg Wilhere. Lisa
    beat out Greg for a seat.

    Sue Wilhere and Lisa Schroer walked around a
    single chair for what seemed to be an eternity while Mozart rang out. Then the
    music stopped.

    The music stops and both of them fight for the single
    seat.

    As fate would have it, Lisa Schroer got the seat and Sue was sent
    to the side.

    “A deal is a deal,” Dave Miscavige says to Lisa, “you can
    stand next to me.”

    “The rest of you are not done yet. We still have to
    figure out where you will all end up going.”

    At this point Dave tells
    everybody to split up into groups of 7 and that no couples can be in any groups.
    So if both you and your spouse were in the room, you would have to go to
    different groups so that even once offloaded, you could not be together!

    The groups were split into seven separate groups. 10 people in seven
    groups of ten.

    Dave asked the first group where the thought that they
    should go. Of course none of them could agree on one place as there were 10
    different people from 10 completely different places in the world. “Okay, I know
    how to solve this” Dave has Marj Habshied brought into the room from here
    office. Marj was working in ESI as the SO#1 I/C. People would right in to ED INT
    from orgs all over the planet and she would answer them for him. Most of the
    time he would not even see the responses or even care to read them. This went on
    for years. Anyway, Marj was fresh on DM’s mind from this flap that had recently
    come up, so she would decide the fate of ten people today.

    DM was also
    careful to make sure that everyone in the room knew that no one could tip Marj
    off to what was going on in the room. Everybody needed to put on a happy face
    and not say ONE SINGLE WORD to Marj when she came in.

    Marj walks into
    the room. Dave asked her if she knows a lot about the different Conts around the
    world and the state of the Scientology orgs in each. She said that she was very
    knowledgeable about this as she gets letters from all areas and knows which ones
    complain about what in each area. Dave asked her to tell him which one that she
    felt was the worst of all. She hemmed and hawed a bit, but eventually came up
    with Canada.

    Dave
    had someone sent off to fetch the Org photos binders for Canada that
    exist in the Landlord office. These photos were weekly updated binders
    of all orgs and Sea Org units in Canada.

    Marj was asked to wait by Dave until the photos arrived. Little did Marj know that she was actually
    deciding where ten people would end up going after being offloaded tonight.

    The photos arrive and sure enough there are pictures of black toilets
    crusted in filth, 15 beds in a single room at the CLO berthing, Showers with
    green mold on the tiles, etc. The photos were horrid. In the binder it had said
    that the CLO had been broken into just a week prior and that the CLO was behind
    on rent and the crew had not been paid in many weeks. The CLO was not making
    enough money to purchase food for the crew and some had been working on missions
    in the orgs so that they could get food and berthing money to support at least
    themselves.

    Dave
    asked Marj if she was sure that this is the Cont that she considered
    the worst of all. She agreed and was dismissed. As soon as she left the
    room and was out of earshot, Dave said that the first group would be
    going to Canada.

    Dave
    then asked the next group who they thought the most out ethics person
    on the base was, This person was brought up to the room and then their
    Cont was picked out.

    This went on for at least an hour, Dave
    reading out things about the Cont, showing the pictures around the room,
    making sure that everybody could see that any place they went was going
    to suck and that no matter what, the INT Base was a resort compared to
    any of these places.

    Now all Continents were picked.

    1. CANADA
    2. AFRICA
    3. ANZO
    4. PAC
    5. EAST US
    6. WUS
    7. CC INT

    The CC
    Int team was given their Cont by Dave. He had asked that he get to decide one
    Cont. CC Int did not seem like that bad an area compared to the rest. There had
    to be a catch. The team assigned to CC INT would be a cleaning team specifically
    and that is all that they could do. They were a cleaning team that was assigned
    to ONLY PUBLIC areas and Celeb areas. Dave said that if they were going to get
    to go to CC they should be able to get to see celebrities and that that he would
    make sure that they did. “Ashtrays, toilets, trash cans and Celebrities will be
    your life.“

    Just when everybody thought that the torture was over, Dave
    says “Well, you have got to have uniforms too”

    Dave then asked the CC
    INT team if they could think of someone who they thought was hip or cool. Becket
    Wells was brought up as a person that was up on the latest fashions and styles.
    “Good” Dave says, “get him up here.”

    Dave makes sure everyone knows that
    the same rules apply; NO ONE tells Becket what is happening or says anything to
    him at all. ONLY Dave is allowed to talk to him.

    Becket walks in and
    Dave tell him that we are all doing an exercise and that Dave wants him to pick
    out some uniform parts for some crew to wear. He asks Becket to describe the
    most hideous outfit that anyone would ever want to wear.

    The outfit
    would end up being:

    1. Pink running shoes
    2. White socks that went past the knee
    3. A huge Cowboy belt buckle
    4. Bright green short shorts
    5. A pirate shirt with 4 inch black buttons on the chest
    6. Fluorescent
    yellow waist pack
    7. Red Riding hood – hood

    “That is Hideous” Dave
    said and then thanked Becket for his help.

    As Becket left the room, Dave
    Miscavige turned to the CC Int team and said that that would be their uniform
    and that they had to wear it whenever they were in ANY public areas. He also
    specifically added that they could not EVER pick trash up with any sort of tool.
    It always hand to be handled with the hands, same with ashtrays, they were to
    dig the butts out with their bare hands and no tools could ever be used except
    in the case of toilets or urinals – they could use a sponge or greenies, but no
    gloves or extended brushes.

    Just when we thought it all was over and we
    could at least get off to out Conts. Dave asked that each group pick one person
    amongst themselves that everybody could agree was the worst of the pack. The
    most out ethics, most disliked whatever. The least liked person from each group
    was singled out. By this time, how could it get any worse?

    Dave said
    that each of these most disliked people would be writing the issue assigning one
    OTHER group to the Cont they were being sent to! And it would be signed
    COMMANDER.

    So Mark Ingber who was going to Canada, was writing the issue
    for the PAC group and it was going to be coming from COMMANDER MARK INGBER. This
    was being done for all the groups and everybody had an issue that was being
    written by someone who was also being offloaded, but just not to the same area!

    Each group had their issues written up by hand. Each group was then
    charged with getting the issues proofread, typed and copied and ready for
    distribution.

    Once all this was done. Dave gave everybody a final pep
    talk. He asked if anyone had anything to say. NO one did. He said that the buses
    would be ready to leave at 6AM. It was now 1AM. Each person would need to be
    ready to go and NO items would be going with them except for the clothes on
    their backs.

    Of course, anyone with spouses had already secured for the
    night, anyone who had friends, family, co-workers or people that they wanted to
    talk to before leaving were unable to be contacted. The buses would be long gone
    BEFORE any of these people would be coming in for post.

    All of the phones were ripped out of the room so that no calls could be made to other parts
    of the base where staff might be working late. All communication lines were cut.
    About 30 minutes after the meeting had ended, there were a few people saying how
    this was the “last chance people would have to make things right in their S.O.
    careers” and that “if they made the Conts expand, they probably would be able to
    come back to the Int Base one day far, far in the future.”

    An hour later, all the different groups had found their way back to their little space
    under a desk or in a chair and most people had gone to sleep for the night. Sobs
    and faint crying could be heard for hours throughout the room. If you were not
    crying yourself to sleep that night, someone else was doing the crying for you.

    THE MORNING AFTER:

    The crew were rounded up and
    mustered. Change of plans. NO ONE IS GOING ANYWHERE! Turns out it is going to
    cost
    a fortune to fly all of these people all over the place and the
    logistics were not finalized on how everybody would be shipped off to
    the different Conts. Dave had called down late during the night and said
    that he was not willing to waste one money single cent of Church money
    dealing with the Int Base SPs

    Some people might end up going later in the day, and some might end up
    going that night providing everything was properly worked out.

    The day went by painfully slow. No one knew who was doing the logistics workouts and no
    one was leaving the “SP room”. It was just more torture, everyone waiting, but
    nothing they could do.

    Days
    would go by and nothing ever happened. Dave Miscavige actually ended up
    leaving the base and going off somewhere for a Legal Case and the whole
    thing sort of faded away. Everybody just assumed that
    whenever the logistics got worked out, they would get shipped off to their Cont
    and until then they would make the best of it.

    Later
    we would all find out that NO ONE HAD EVER WORKED OUT ANY FLIGHTS,
    COSTS, OR ANYTHING. It was all just one big pile of shit. Dave Miscavige
    never intended for anyone to leave, be
    offloaded to ANY Conts or wear ridiculous outfits while scrubbing urinals by
    hand. But he wanted us to all think that we were!

    More than TWO YEARS LATER, the SP ROOM, SP HALL or whatever you want to call it is filled with
    pretty much the same people that played Musical Chairs that one night. Those who
    could blow, did. Those who played it smart DID actually get offloaded to some
    Conts then blew from there. But there are still many left:

    1. Arbuckle, Mary – ex Typesetter I/T R Comps
    2. Bellin, Russ – ex CO CST
    3. Biggs (Knapmeyer), Alison – ex R Comps Programs Ops
    4. Blankenship, Angie – ex COB Project Ops, Local Programs Ops
    5. Bloomberg, Dave – ex MEI, ED ASI
    6. Bolstad, Pam – ex CO’s Comm CST
    7. Buglewicz, Pat Lawrence – ex Incomm Rep Int
    8.
    Cruzen, Richard Gilman – All–around man (has been Audio Prod Sec,
    Manufacturing Sec, R Comps Sec,CMU Sec, AVEI, RAV, etc.) most successful
    as Audio Mixer
    9. Greilich, Russ Lyle – ex LRH Lecture Mix I/C, Audio Prod Sec
    10. Hughes, Gregory Kenneth Snr. – ex Int Finance Dir, GIEI, WDC WISE
    11. Ingber, Liz – ex Admin Compiler, CO CMO Gold
    12. Ingber, Mark Allen – ex Admin Comps I/C R Comps, CO CMOI, WDC Pubs
    13. Jaramillo (Yager), Michelle Lynette – ex Book Editor RComps, Proofreading I/C, Port Captain CMOI,
    Snr Messenger
    14. Jentzsch, Heber – ex President CoS
    15. Koon, Susan Jane – ex Compilations Dir RComps (RTRC Dir)
    16. Lemmer, Kathy – ex CO Incomm, CO Gold
    17. Lemoine, Robert – ex Dir Maintenance & Policing Incomm Int
    18. Leserve, Guillaume – ex ED Int
    19. Light, Janet – ex President IASA
    20. Linson (DeVocht), Jenny – ex CO CMOI, CO CMO CW
    21. Mason, Aron – ex IMPR Scriptwriter, IMPR, Dir PR OSA I, Freedom Mag Editor OSA I
    22. Mithoff, Raymond H. – ex IG Tech, Snr C/S Int, Tech Compiler RComps
    23. Moresi, Bruno – ex Int Project 4th CST
    24. Reynolds, Wendell A. – ex Berthing Construction I/C, Int Finance Dir, CO Gold
    25. Rinder, Catherine Albertina – ex R Comps Tape Editor, Compiler, D/CO Prod CMOI
    26. Schless, Peter Harrison – ex Music Dir Gold, Freedom Medal Winner
    27. Schwartzgruber, Rita – ex ED Int, CO CMO IXU?
    28. Spurlock, Lyman Doyle jr. – ex Int Finance Dir, Building 36 Sanitation Engineer, RTC Legal man without a post title
    29. Starkey, Norman F – ex MCI Cleaner, AVC Aide, Trustee ASI
    30. Swartz, Fredric Samuel – ex Shrinkwrap Operator Dissem, GIEI
    31. Tisi (Feshback, Charbonneau), Katherine – ex Qual Sec Gold
    32. Trussell, Bert – ex Int Project 3rd CST
    33. Weiland, Kurt – ex CO OSA Int, CO CMOI
    34. Weinberg, Rena – ex ED ABLE Int, Freedom Medal Winner
    35. Wheelis, Michele – ex O/O CST
    36. Wilhere, Sue – ex Compilations Dir R Comps
    37. Willis, Tom – ex Dir R&D CST
    38. Vorm, Tom – ex D/CO Prod CST
    39. Yager, Marc A. – ex IMPR Events Execution Off,CO CMOI, D/CO Prod CMOI, IG Admin, Snr Messenger

    In my next post, I will tell exactly how to get a family member or
    friend out of the Int Base. How could I know? I have done it with three people so far and it works every time.

    Until next time…
    Blown for Good (Marc Headley)
    http://www.scientology-cult.com/is-dm-vicious.html

    • MaxSpaceman

      “Well You Never Cried For ‘Me’ !”

  • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

    The flyover videos of the Base don’t feel right to us without a fundraising appeal or a voiceover of the place as a Worker’s Paradise.

  • ToadallyBoss

    Ah wonderful, the violent criminals have a shooting range. Lovely. I wonder if the County knows about that.

  • ToadallyBoss

    You can see some of the surviving microwave and satellite antennas that have been installed to replace the hardware that they had back in 1995 when their fiber optic cables were not yet laid to the local telco. The OSCAR Omni Spectral Analyzer that was used to identify and classify the crime syndicate’s on-air communications was *much* broader than what we would find today, I would expect, with much of their criminal traffic going to land based channels.

    • flyonthewall

      Not trying to be Bunker police but just an fyi, it is considered bad manners to upvote yourself. Tony and Scott don’t but I know of mods on other boards who would ban people for upvoting themselves.

      • LongtimeLurker

        But Lurker has giant fingers.

        Sometimes mash wrong buttons!

  • INT BASE Musical Chairs reveals the CULT, Miscavige and the devotees more
    than most stories.Although many know the story, possibly read it before and
    saw some of it on “Going Clear”, it absolutely reveals the SUPREME POWER of
    Miscavige over the crew:::::::: (and therefore belongs here
    today)

    Thursday, 15 January 2009 13:55

    It was just another day in hell.

    We had been “restricted” to the CMO Int/WDC conference room
    for 2 months now. The basic R-factor (Reality Factor) was that until all org
    boards and postings for the Int Base, FB and Class V orgs were done, we were
    not allowed to leave. We had to sleep under our desks each night and food
    was brought in. We were allowed to go down to the Gold Estates Building for
    showers if we went down real early. We were not allowed to be around while other base staff were around.

    We were allowed to go to different areas of the Base, if it was regarding a
    specific COB order that had been issued. If we were to have been found to cross
    order COB in any way while we were in any areas, it was an immediate RPF assignment.

    For the most part there was nothing we could do. Anyone who
    had an external facing post was not allowed to send any traffic out. All telex lines and orders from the
    base were cut by COB. As all of the traffic coming from the base was cross
    ordering HIS strategies, he ordered no traffic be passed on by AVC to ANY orgs
    or management units. All of the internal facing posts were involved in the org
    boards and postings. The org boards and postings had been going on since the
    year 2000. Actually the New Years 2000Event sealed the
    deal on these and was the flap of the century if you want to call that.

    Because the event had been ordered worked on since January of 1999, and nobody did anything on it
    until the end of September, it was a complete fiasco. Dave almost got speared to
    death by a college kid welding a 12 foot flag, his speech was written by him
    over night and he had no sleep before the event. All of the visuals that
    accompanied his speech were not ready and when he was reading his speech,
    pictures that had nothing to do with what he was saying were being projected on the screens behind him.

    The entire Event had to be re-done digitally after it was held live at the Sports Arena. This took 2 months to do over at least. The entire time this was being done, the continued statement of why the
    entire event had been a disaster was that NO ONE HAD A POST AND NO ONE AT THE
    INT BASE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR ANYTHING. That was in 2000

    It is now 2005 and we are locked up in the conference room. This is the latest in a series of
    “too grusesomes” meant to make people crack under the pressure and do something
    that COB has asked for.

    COB RTC (Dave Miscavige) asked for a lot of things in a day. If one someone were to keep track of everything things he asked for and typed them up, it would take them – Oh wait he has a staff of eight
    people that do this as their sole function!! They are:
    COB Secretary
    COB
    Communicator
    COB Sec for Correspondence
    COB Sec for Compliance
    COB
    Sec for Incoming Traffic
    COB Sec for
    Outgoing Traffic
    COB typist

    COB typist
    The record everything he says throughout the day and then
    turn those tapes into streams and streams of orders that get sent out in
    triplicate to anybody and everybody that has anything to do with any of them.
    These people then have to Method 9 word clear his orders before they can even do
    anything on them.

    There are over 2000 pages of transcripts that deal solely with the subject of getting the Int Base org boards and postings done!

    There are lists and lists of every single different possible personnel
    scenario that could be put into place at the Int Base. Does CMO Gold stay its
    own org? Does it get put in the Exec structure of Gold? Does it move into
    CMO Int? Does Annie Tidman stay the CO?If it goes to Gold then she can’t still
    be the head as her and Lisa Schroer don’t get along that well. Does it get moved
    across the property, does it stay in the 400’s buildings. All of these are taken
    into account for each org and all of the postings that are being done.

    For at least the last seven years, the org boards and posting have gone
    like this: All of the postings get worked out by a committee of whoever thinks
    they are the current exec structure in charge. They order the EstoS to draw up
    all of the charts and pictures of everybody so it can be seen who is where.
    Personnel files and experience data is rarely if ever used, this is a “who would
    I like to do what” drill that gets done by a few people. If the persons doing
    this drill don’t like you, it is likely you will end up on a post that sucks.
    Okay, so this takes at least a few weeks and the list is almost done. There are
    however a few WDC and higher exec posts like Gold Div heads that are still
    vacant. As nobody wants to do those posts as they know that they have a very
    high turnover rate, the whole thing stalls out and cannot
    be finished. Dave Miscavige calls a meeting and then all of these people that are doing the org
    boards and posting get hauled up to Building 50 or the WDC conference room for 9
    hours to hear what people Dave thinks should be on what posts and which people
    he DOES NOT want on certain posts.

    After this meeting, they start over on the list and have to somehow put all of the pieces back they way Dave wants them and still be able to come up with a lists that makes sense. Add into this
    that they had to offload 5 people and 4 people blew since the last list was
    made. So now they have to someone get rid of some posts or name some people that
    are not even at the base to take these posts once they
    get to Int.

    Oh yeah, no new people can come to the Int base until the
    org boards and postings are done so no new personnel arrivals have gone to Int for nearly
    seven years. There have been over 500 offloads though. You can leave out the
    backdoor, but no one can come in the front. (Cue all of the LRH references that
    talk about what it means when personnel lines are shut down.)

    Oh yeah, and for the rest of the things that are not allowed until all
    of the Int Base Org boards and postings are done. These apply ALL INT BASE STAFF unless
    otherwise noted:
    Liberties
    Meal breaks longer than 30 minutes

    Canteen privileges
    Getting Married
    Bonuses
    Having rank (all
    Int
    Base staff were demoted to a rank of “Swamper” since the year 2000)

    Sea Org
    Day
    Promotions
    Thanksgiving
    Christmas
    New Years

    Birthdays (except COB’s) bring on the gifts!
    Going home to berthing (if you are directly related to getting the postings or boards done)

    Okay, so now back to the main story here! We are locked up in the
    conference room and Dave is going to come down and meet with the key execs on
    the music studio. It has just been redone for the fourth time and Dave wants to
    go over what he found when walking through the Studio that afternoon.

    When one of these meetings happens, you have about 20 people who just go
    into a room and do not come out for hours on end. You will see COB come and goes
    as he pleases, but the people in the room do not leave, for nothing, no bathroom
    breaks, no snacks nothing. When Dave leaves or is going to be gone for a
    bit, sometimes theycan duck into a nearby room, grab a protein bar, take a
    bathroom break and go right back into the room for fear that he will return
    while they are gone.

    No one is allowed to come into a meeting once Dave has entered the room. Once he is in the room, it is locked down so to speak. No one comes or goes unless he directs it.

    Today’s meeting will be at 3PM in the CIC conference room in CMO Int. This room holds about 20 people max and that is with about 10 sitting on one side of the table and the rest standing
    behind them or sitting in chairs in the room behind the ones sitting at the
    table. The other side of the table is for Dave. He usually sits at the table and
    has a set variety of things that have been placed there by his stewards before
    the meeting:

    Water (specific brand that only he drinks) No one would dare drink that same brand water!

    Protein bars
    Ashtray
    Pack of
    Camel non-filter cigarettes
    Pens

    Paper
    Tape recorder (unless room is hardwired for recording which all Int Base conference rooms are)

    The attendants of this meeting are the CST guys, Russ Bellin and his
    staff that are running projects at the Base, CMO Int execs, and Gold Execs.
    Annie Tidman is there as she is directly running the Music Studio
    re-re-re-re-renovation and up-up-grade that is currently being
    done.

    COB comes in and immediately asks who has been into the studio

    lately. Of course only one or two people have and even they are probably
    lying, so he tells everybody to go and look at the main control room. The music
    studio is right next to CMO INT so it is a 30 second trip over there. The
    musicians are in there and they have a look of horror on their faces, obviously
    COB has been by there recently. They say he came in, asked some questions and
    left.

    We return to the CIC conference room. After a bunch of back and
    forth questions and guesses from us on what is wrong, we are told by Dave that
    the mix board was crooked and we all get sent back to the studio control room to
    see what he is talking about.

    Okay, back in the conference room he give us a lecture on mixing and how it’s done blah, blah, blah. He then asks for a copy of the “Queen’s Greatest Hits” CD to be brought down to the conference
    room. After it is brought down he plays the CD for us and tells us to listen.
    You have got to picture this. You have 20 people who probably don’t give a crap
    about Queen, have not eaten, are tired and exhausted do not care about mixing or
    at least are certainly not going to take away a whole lot in terms of learning
    about it today, but yet we listen…

    While Dave is playing the CD for us, I think during “Keep Yourself Alive” he suddenly becomes very happy and jumps up from the table. “I just had a great idea!” he says. He is the happiest any
    of us have seen him in months, almost in glee about this new idea that has
    popped into his head. He says that we should get something to eat, then get all
    of CMO Int rounded up and into the WDC conference room for a meeting in about an
    hour. He says to remove the table from the middle of the room and make sure that
    there are enough chairs for EVERY SINGLE PERSON to sit down. He is very clear to
    make sure we understand this part.

    The room has been cleared out. Now the WDC Conference room is much bigger than any other conference rooms on the base. It is basically two trailers put together with no walls or post to
    block Dave’s view of anyone on the meeting. That is why he likes meeting in this
    room, he can be close enough to the large amount of people in the meeting to
    read their reactions. Well, with the table cleared out, there is a lot of people
    now in the room. All CMO Int except for two Gold Execs. No one had a clue why we
    are there. We know that Dave was happy about some idea that he had come up while
    listening to a Queen album and other than that the meeting purpose is
    unknown. It is around 5:30PM.

    Dave shows up and talks about the org boards and postings, He also talks
    about how there have been over 500 people that have been musical chaired off
    post over the last 5 years. (He leaves out the part about most of them being as
    a result of his orders) He then asks a few people what musical chairs means.
    About 3 people answer with the Scientology definition of musical chairs, no one
    seems to know that it means something else. One guy from
    Programs says that it is a game. Dave has him explain the game to everybody.

    “Good. So you guys understand the game?” Dave asks. “Okay, well today we are all going to find
    out how the entirety of Scientology feels about you guys playing musical chairs
    with the posts of international Scientology orgs and the Int Base. We are going
    to play the game musical chairs, but with a twist. You are all going to walk
    around these chairs here, while the music plays, a chair will be removed, and
    whoever does not get a chair when the music stops, well, that person will be
    offloaded from the Int Base.”

    “Those are the rules and that is the game. Oh and the person who is left standing when all but one chair is pulled out will stay here and help me repost the base and get Scientology expanded. This is not
    a joke and I am not kidding. You guys have fucked with me for the last time. I
    am going to find out right now and right here, who is the most determined to
    stay here.”

    You can imagine the horror on the faces in the room. There were about 70 people in the room and everybody knew that this was going to be a very cutthroat ordeal.

    And what did “offloaded” mean? There were so many definitions for this word at the Int Base that this was not so clear. To most this would mean that they were going to be given $500 put on a bus to the middle
    of nowhere and told to never come back. Some had the hope that it meant to a lower org maybe. To some it meant going to the RPF in ANZO, CANADA or AFRICA where no external trouble could be caused.

    There was a lot of fumbling around to get the chairs into a giant circle. Dave had the Cine Sec Gold (Federico Tisi) bring up a video camera so they whole thing could be videoed. This was going to be a major production!

    Dave played a few CDs. The Queen one did not work for what he was trying to do. “We are the Champions”
    was not the right message for this. “Mozart’s Requiem Mass” was what I think he ended up using. How appropriate!

    Anyway, the first people to go were the usual suspects, the older, more reserved bunch. As people would leave the game, Dave had them lined up in one area of the room. He would jab comments at them
    and apologize for it having to end up like this. If the person was married or had a spouse in Gold, he would ask them why they had not thought about this before. “Is it real to you now?” he would ask.

    • Susan black

      What a sick fuck. A sick, sadistic little fuck.

      • joan nieman

        A little Hitler, no doubt.

    • Harpoona Frittata

      ” Dave had the Cine Sec Gold (Federico Tisi) bring up a video camera so they whole thing could be
      videoed. This was going to be a major production!”

      If only someone could get their hands on a copy of that little masterpiece of sadism and post it to the internet!

      • That would be broadcasted around the world, i am sure!

    • Ann B Watson

      This incredible piece chilled me to the bone.I played musical chairs a few times at Asho,but at that time not the brutally sadistic mess that dm made of it.He really is an evil and dangerous out of control person and because of that takes pleasure in inflicting pain and distress.A dictator of the worst order! To all of you who went through his regimen at Flag or on the sea,I salute you as strong,brave and true heroes.Always.💛

      • Juicer77

        Sorry you got blasted in the comments at Rathbun’s blog. You have been helpful and supportive to the readers there and didn’t deserve abuse from him.

        • Ann B Watson

          Thank you Juicer77.I have never visited Marty’s Blog,so I did not know where his rant was posted,I still won’t read it.Why in the entire Universe would he abuse me? Did I hit a nerve in my comments?This is beginning to feel like a knowledge report written up on me with blasting comments on things I never did said or thought.Well I am not going anywhere and I will always be myself and tell the truth.Some people in my life have never been able to handle that.And you know I was blasted by folks in the GO too,so I should not be surprised by another blaster.❤️ You.

          • Juicer77

            My mistake, it must have been another Ann! <3

            • Ann B Watson

              There are a few Anns floating around.❤️

            • Free Minds, Free Hearts

              Yes, I believe I may have heard the name before.

            • Ann B Watson

              I now know there is the good Ann,me and the bad Ann who honestly is not me but has decided to become me! Whoopee more fun and games with the cult.Do I have to go on their ride again? ❤️❤️

          • $cnmonkeyrob$

            Hi Ann, I find it quite amusing that just because someone has posted under the name ‘Ann’– Barty Mathrun has decided it is you (although on what basis, I know not, because the writing style is entirely unlike yours… I lurk at Mike’s blog and read the comments from time to time 🙂 ) I enclose for your perusal a screen grab of the exchange…F5/Refresh… what a classy guy he is… *sighs*

            • Ann B Watson

              Thank you,thank you Scnmonkeyrobs$, The fog is starting to lift and the light is peeking through.That is positively absolutely NOT my writing style at all!And why Mr. Rathbun would think I was that Ann makes zero sense.And having never been on his blog how would I know about his family life?If someone is pretending to post as me,it isn’t working.💞

            • $cnmonkeyrob$

              I think the ex-‘warrior’ tends to jump to conclusions on the basis of zero evidence (apart from a minor similarity in screen names–he certainly can’t discern writing styles), and it has been said that in the past, he has trawled the comments sections peanut gallery here(!) and comments section at Mike’s, and ESMB for comments about himself.

            • Chee Chalker

              Maybe Marty was being ‘sarcastic’.
              Like when he said (at the London premiere) he liked Therourx’s movie.

            • $cnmonkeyrob$

              Ah–thank you, Chee… clearly the ‘warrior’ is too subtle for this simple monkey to follow! ;)(PS Thank you for being one of the voices of reason and sanity permitted to post amongst Marty’s sycophants… monkey would be very rapidly irritated by their usually unquestioning {almost cult-like, one might say!} following of their spiritual leader.)

            • Ann B Watson

              Hi Chee, I look at all sides so you may be right.Here is a thought though,I think there is a difference between pure sarcasm and downright lies about a person.I am being targeted for an unknown reason.As I have thought before,why engage me in a debate I knew nothing about?This still reminds me of KRs and secret meetings on how to fair game me.Whatever transpires I want you to know how much I love you and all your posts.❤️❤️

            • Chee Chalker

              You’re the best Annie B!
              I was just kidding about Marty being sarcastic. One of his followers (I call them Rathboners) suggested that Marty was being sarcastic when he first told Louis Theroux (via letter at the London premiere) that he liked the movie.
              The problem Marty is facing now is that he has already said and done so much ‘anti-Scientology’ work that it is difficult to backpedal.
              It seems like every new allegation he makes, someone is able to find a quote of his that directly contradicts what he is saying now.
              I’m fascinated by the mental gymnastics some of the Rathboners are performing, such as suggesting that the letter Marty wrote to Theroux (or the director) wasn’t meant to be taken as a compliment because it was ‘sarcastic’
              Wow……just wow

              As far as you getting dragged into the other mess…..I know you always sign your full name so I didn’t think the ‘Ann’ who posted was you, but I’m glad to hear it wasn’t you because Marty was so nasty to her.

              Marty’s response to her was so bizarre and it was clearly a dig at Mike Rinder.
              He didn’t have to post that comment if it upset him so much. He censors all the time, so what’s one more?
              The only reason he posted that comment (IMO) was so he could take a swipe at MR.

              Eventually the Rathboners are going to paint themselves into a corner defending Marty. Why he is choosing to backtrack at this point in time is a mystery. Which will eventually come to light.
              We just have to sit back and watch the self implosion!

            • Ann B Watson

              Wonderful Chee, thank you.Just when I feel my little boat taking on too much water,here you are throwing me a life-line and towing me to a safe harbor.Rathboners Perfect!Marty has made a mess of me confusing me with this other Ann.You know I always felt tracked by a shadow blogger for quite awhile now.The feeling is hard to pin down but when it is there I know it.The one thing I miss when blogging is seeing the person next to me.You are right the mental gymnastics right now are something.I will sit back and wait only if you keep me company!❤️💗

            • Chee Chalker

              You got it!

            • Ann B Watson

              I do believe this can happen.He seems to not see specifics when he went after me.I never knew him when in,but it seems from my point of view here is someone who is very upset that he is not king of the mountain and he is taking this out on targets he chooses.Not particularly smart to smear those who only have good Intentions.I just never thought after what happened to him,he could be so mean to me and whoever else bothers him.❤️❤️

    • Jesus effing Christ. Now i am real happy with my own little self made RPF and berthing!

  • (Part 2 please read part 1 first )

    One guy, John Oldfield, was leaving the game. He was married
    to Megan Oldfield in Gold. She was a video editor and they had been married at least few
    years. John had tears running down his face. Dave asked him why he was crying.
    John said that he was going to miss Megan and that he did not want to have to
    leave like this. Dave said, “Well you never cried for me!”

    To prove that he was not kidding, Dave had one of his staff go off and come back with actual
    airline tickets printed up with the people’s names on them. They were handed out
    to people that had been kicked from the game so far.

    As the amount of people was getting thinner, Dave started to let the music play longer. This went
    on for hours.

    When it got down to around 20 people, it started to get
    VERY physical. Mark Ingber and Mike Sutter actually destroyed a
    chair by pulling it from each other and fighting and punching each other to let go of it.
    Mark Ingber actually ripped the seat of the chair from the frame and sat down on
    it on the floor! That counted and Mike left the game!

    As the final people were weeding out, people were being thrown to the ground, pushed against
    walls and otherwise totally fighting for a chair. If you could imagine what it
    would be like if pro athletes played a game of musical chairs, that was what it
    was like for the last 15 or so people.

    It was very sad to watch. People, who were best friends for years, were
    throwing their best friend to the ground for a chance to get a seat in a chair.
    Most of the people who had lost were just made to stand there and wait. Wait and
    do nothing except wonder where you would end up, what would you do, who
    would you ever see again?

    Most of these people knew nothing else except for the Int Base. They had very little or no family, or at least they had not seen their family in so long, they did not even know if they could go to them.

    No one had credit cards, bank accounts, any more than 50 dollars to
    their name. Very few staff had driver’s licenses and fewer had vehicles. And
    even if they did have a vehicle, it either did not run or had been years since
    they had registered or insured it. How would they live, how would they even eat? What would their spouses think of them? Would they be told that they were an SP and never hear from their family or partner again?

    There were now around 70 people standing off in this big group. These people were now being referred to as the “Offload Group” by Dave. 50% had either been crying or were crying at this point. The other half might have even been happy to get the hell out of there or did not care enough either way to cry.

    The last 4 people were Greg Wilhere, Sue Wilhere, Mark Ingber and Lisa Schroer. Mark was
    literally thrown aside by Greg Wilhere. Lisa beat out Greg for a seat.

    Sue Wilhere and Lisa Schroer walked around a single chair for what
    seemed to be an eternity while Mozart rang out. Then the music stopped.

    The music stops and both of them fight for the single seat.

    As fate would have it, Lisa Schroer got the seat and Sue was sent
    to the side.

    “A deal is a deal,” Dave Miscavige says to Lisa, “you can stand next to
    me.”

    “The rest of you are not done yet. We still have to figure out
    where you will all end up going.”

    At this point Dave tells everybody to split up into groups of 7 and that no couples can be in any groups. So if both you and your spouse were in the room, you would have to go to different groups
    so that even once offloaded, you could not be together!

    The groups were split into seven separate groups. 10 people in seven
    groups of ten.

    Dave asked the first group where the thought that they should go. Of course none of them could agree on one place as there were 10 different people from 10 completely different places in the world. “Okay, I know how to solve this” Dave has Marj Habshied brought into the room from here office. Marj was
    working in ESI as the SO#1 I/C. People would right in to ED INT from orgs all
    over the planet and she would answer them for him. Most of the time he would not
    even see the responses or even care to read them. This went on for years. Anyway, Marj was fresh on DM’s mind from this flap that had recently come up, so she would decide the fate of ten people today.

    DM was also careful to make sure that everyone in the room knew that no one could tip Marj off to what
    was going on in the room. Everybody needed to put on a happy face and not say ONE SINGLE WORD to Marj when she came in.

    Marj walks into the room. Dave asked her if she knows a lot about the different Conts around the world and the
    state of the Scientology orgs in each. She said that she was very knowledgeable about this as she gets letters from all areas and knows which ones complain about what in each area. Dave asked her to tell him which one that she felt was the worst of all. She hemmed and hawed a bit, but eventually came up with Canada.

    Dave had someone sent off to fetch the Org photos binders for Canada that exist in the Landlord office. These photos were weekly updated binders of all orgs and Sea Org units in Canada.

    Marj was asked to wait by Dave until the photos arrived. Little did Marj know that she was actually
    deciding where ten people would end up going after being offloaded tonight.

    The photos arrive and sure enough there are pictures of black toilets

    crusted in filth, 15 beds in a single room at the CLO berthing, Showers with green mold on the tiles, etc. The photos were horrid. In the binder it had said that the CLO had been broken into just a week prior and that the CLO was behind
    on rent and the crew had not been paid in many weeks. The CLO was not making
    enough money to purchase food for the crew and some had been working on missions
    in the orgs so that they could get food and berthing money to support at least themselves.

    Dave asked Marj if she was sure that this is the Cont that she considered the worst of all. She agreed and was dismissed. As soon as she left the room and was out of earshot, Dave said that the first group would
    be going to Canada.

    Dave then asked the next group who they thought the most out ethics person on the base was, This person was brought up to the room and then their Cont was picked out.

    This went on for at least an hour, Dave reading out things about the Cont, showing the pictures around the room, making sure that everybody could see that any place they went was going to suck
    and that no matter what, the INT Base was a resort compared to any of these places.

    Now all Continents were picked.

    1. CANADA
    2. AFRICA

    3. ANZO
    4. PAC
    5. EAST US
    6. WUS
    7. CC INT

    The CC
    Int team was given their Cont by Dave. He had asked that he get to decide one
    Cont. CC Int did not seem like that bad an area compared to the rest. There had
    to be a catch. The team assigned to CC INT would be a cleaning team specifically
    and that is all that they could do. They were a cleaning team that was assigned
    to ONLY PUBLIC areas and Celeb areas. Dave said that if they were going to get
    to go to CC they should be able to get to see celebrities and that that he would
    make sure that they did. “Ashtrays, toilets, trash cans and Celebrities will be
    your life.“

    Just when everybody thought that the torture was over, Dave says “Well, you have got to have uniforms too”

    Dave then asked the CC INT team if they could think of someone who they thought was hip or cool.
    Becket Wells was brought up as a person that was up on the latest fashions and styles. “Good” Dave says, “get him up here.”

    Dave makes sure everyone knows that the same rules apply; NO ONE tells Becket what is happening or says
    anything to him at all. ONLY Dave is allowed to talk to him.

    Becket walks in and Dave tell him that we are all doing an exercise and that Dave wants
    him to pick out some uniform parts for some crew to wear. He asks Becket to describe the most hideous outfit that anyone would ever want to wear.

    The outfit would end up being:

    1. Pink running shoes
    2. White socks that went past the knee
    3. A huge Cowboy belt buckle
    4. Bright green short shorts
    5. A pirate shirt with 4 inch black buttons on the
    chest
    6. Fluorescent yellow waist pack
    7. Red Riding hood – hood

    “That is Hideous” Dave said and then thanked Becket for his help.

    As Becket left the room, Dave Miscavige turned to the CC Int team and
    said that that would be their uniform and that they had to wear it whenever they
    were in ANY public areas. He also specifically added that they could not EVER
    pick trash up with any sort of tool. It always hand to be handled with the
    hands, same with ashtrays, they were to dig the butts out with their bare
    hands and no tools could ever be used except in the case of toilets or urinals –
    they could use a sponge or greenies, but no gloves or extended brushes.

    Just when we thought it all was over and we could at least get off to
    out Conts. Dave asked that each group pick one person
    amongst themselves that everybody could agree was the worst of the pack. The most out ethics, most
    disliked whatever. The least liked person from each group was singled out. By
    this time, how could it get any worse?

    Dave said that each of these most disliked people would be writing the issue assigning one OTHER group to the Cont they were being sent to! And it would be signed COMMANDER.

    So Mark Ingber who was going to Canada, was writing the issue
    for the PAC group and it was going to be coming from COMMANDER MARK INGBER. This was being done for
    all the groups and everybody had an issue that was being written by someone who
    was also being offloaded, but just not to the same area!

    Each group had their issues written up by hand. Each group was then
    charged with getting the issues proofread, typed and copied and ready for distribution.

    Once all this was done. Dave gave everybody a final pep
    talk. He asked if anyone had anything to say. NO one did. He said that the buses would be ready to leave
    at 6AM. It was now 1AM. Each person would need to be ready to go and NO items
    would be going with them except for the clothes on their backs.

    Of course, anyone with spouses had already secured for the
    night, anyone who had friends, family, co-workers or people that they wanted to talk to before
    leaving were unable to be contacted. The buses would be long gone BEFORE any of
    these people would be coming in for post.

    All of the phones were ripped out of the room so that no calls could be made to other parts of the base where
    staff might be working late. All communication lines were cut. About 30 minutes
    after the meeting had ended, there were a few people saying how this was the
    “last chance people would have to make things right in their S.O. careers” and
    that “if they made the Conts expand, they probably would be able to
    come back to the Int Base one day far, far in the future.”

    An hour later, all the different groups had found their way back to their little space under a desk
    or in a chair and most people had gone to sleep for the night. Sobs and faint
    crying could be heard for hours throughout the room. If you were not crying
    yourself to sleep that night, someone else was doing the crying for you.

    THE MORNING AFTER:

    The crew were rounded up and mustered. Change
    of plans. NO ONE IS GOING ANYWHERE! Turns out it is going to cost a fortune to
    fly all of these people all over the place and the logistics were not finalized
    on how everybody would be shipped off to the different Conts. Dave had called
    down late during the night and said that he was not willing to waste one money
    single cent of Church money dealing with the Int Base SPs

    Some people might end up going later in the day, and some might end up going that night
    providing everything was properly worked out.
    The day went by painfully slow. No one knew who was doing the logistics workouts and no one was leaving
    the “SP room”. It was just more torture, everyone waiting, but nothing they
    could do.

    Days would go by and nothing ever happened. Dave Miscavige
    actually ended up leaving the base and going off somewhere for a Legal Case and
    the whole thing sort of faded away. Everybody just assumed that whenever the
    logistics got worked out, they would get shipped off to their Cont and until
    then they would make the best of it. Later we would all find out that NO ONE
    HAD EVER WORKED OUT ANY FLIGHTS, COSTS, OR ANYTHING. It was all just one big
    pile of shit. Dave Miscavige never intended for anyone to leave, be offloaded to ANY Conts or wear ridiculous outfits while scrubbing urinals by
    hand. But he wanted us to all think that we were!

    More than TWO YEARS LATER, the SP ROOM, SP HALL or whatever you want to call it is filled with
    pretty much the same people that played Musical Chairs that one night. Those who

    could blow, did. Those who played it smart DID actually get offloaded to
    some Conts then blew from there. But there are still many left:

    1. Arbuckle, Mary – ex Typesetter I/T R Comps
    2. Bellin, Russ – ex CO CST

    3. Biggs (Knapmeyer), Alison – ex R Comps Programs Ops
    4. Blankenship, Angie – ex COB Project Ops, Local Programs Ops
    5. Bloomberg, Dave – ex MEI,
    ED ASI
    6. Bolstad, Pam – ex CO’s Comm CST
    7. Buglewicz, Pat Lawrence –
    ex Incomm Rep Int
    8. Cruzen, Richard Gilman – All–around man (has been Audio
    Prod Sec, Manufacturing Sec, R Comps Sec,CMU Sec, AVEI, RAV, etc.) most
    successful as Audio Mixer
    9. Greilich, Russ Lyle – ex LRH Lecture Mix I/C,
    Audio Prod Sec
    10. Hughes, Gregory Kenneth Snr. – ex Int Finance Dir, GIEI,
    WDC WISE
    11. Ingber, Liz – ex Admin Compiler, CO CMO Gold
    12. Ingber,
    Mark Allen – ex Admin Comps I/C R Comps, CO CMOI, WDC Pubs
    13. Jaramillo
    (Yager), Michelle Lynette – ex Book Editor RComps, Proofreading I/C, Port
    Captain CMOI, Snr Messenger
    14. Jentzsch, Heber – ex President CoS
    15. Koon, Susan Jane – ex Compilations Dir RComps (RTRC Dir)
    16. Lemmer, Kathy –
    ex CO Incomm, CO Gold
    17. Lemoine, Robert – ex Dir Maintenance &
    Policing Incomm Int
    18. Leserve, Guillaume – ex ED Int
    19. Light, Janet
    – ex President IASA
    20. Linson (DeVocht), Jenny – ex CO CMOI, CO CMO CW

    21. Mason, Aron – ex IMPR Scriptwriter, IMPR, Dir PR OSA I, Freedom Mag
    Editor OSA I
    22. Mithoff, Raymond H. – ex IG Tech, Snr C/S Int, Tech
    Compiler RComps
    23. Moresi, Bruno – ex Int Project 4th CST
    24. Reynolds,
    Wendell A. – ex Berthing Construction I/C, Int Finance Dir, CO Gold
    25.
    Rinder, Catherine Albertina – ex R Comps Tape Editor, Compiler, D/CO Prod CMOI

    26. Schless, Peter Harrison – ex Music Dir Gold, Freedom Medal Winner

    27. Schwartzgruber, Rita – ex ED Int, CO CMO IXU?
    28. Spurlock, Lyman
    Doyle jr. – ex Int Finance Dir, Building 36 Sanitation Engineer, RTC Legal man
    without a post title
    29. Starkey, Norman F – ex MCI Cleaner, AVC Aide,
    Trustee ASI
    30. Swartz, Fredric Samuel – ex Shrinkwrap Operator Dissem, GIEI

    31. Tisi (Feshback, Charbonneau), Katherine – ex Qual Sec Gold
    32.
    Trussell, Bert – ex Int Project 3rd CST
    33. Weiland, Kurt – ex CO OSA Int,
    CO CMOI
    34. Weinberg, Rena – ex ED ABLE Int, Freedom Medal Winner
    35.
    Wheelis, Michele – ex O/O CST
    36. Wilhere, Sue – ex Compilations Dir R Comps

    37. Willis, Tom – ex Dir R&D CST
    38. Vorm, Tom – ex D/CO Prod CST

    39. Yager, Marc A. – ex IMPR Events Execution Off,CO CMOI, D/CO Prod CMOI,
    IG Admin, Snr Messenger

    In my next post, I will tell exactly how to get
    a family member or friend out of the Int Base. How could I know? I have done
    it with three people so far and it works every time.

    Until next time…

    Blown for Good (Marc
    Headley)
    http://www.scientology-cult.com/is-dm-vicious.html

    • We’re Number One! We’re Number One!

      Go Canada!

      • DoveAlexa

        I would like to think the mold was rising up in it’s country’s defence. Also, holy shit that story was intense. Good work Karen!

      • aquaclara

        I’m crying and cursing out SOB reading this story yet again, and there you go, making me laugh. Damn it. That was funny.

    • aquaclara

      Thanks, Karen and Marc. This absolutely holds a place in today’s report from Int Base. Marc’s descriptions and today’s videos together paint the picture of this place. It’s just so sad.
      But I do love that last bit about how Marc was able to get people out.

    • Dylan

      It would be interesting to see where Jim and Joyce Issacson are. Jim worked very close with Tom Vorm. He would be in his late 80’s now with Joyce not far behind.

      • Free Minds, Free Hearts

        Yes, I am curious about the others as well. This is certainly a successful way to break their spirit. Several are still locked up (I don’t know if The Hole still exists?), Lyman Spurlock died – where are the others?

  • Simi Valley

    F’in’ A … this calls for a case of Macallans (at least) and another set of copper rods.

  • nottrue

    Do you really need Cover Window Tech out here…

    • Jimmy3

      Yes. For religious privacy and/or torture.

    • OOkpik

      Judging by today’s videos, indeed you do. 😀

    • the sun is brutal, even with e-glass

      • Noesis

        Plus all the bodies lying around…

  • nottrue

    Welcome to ” Gold “….

  • Kat

    Wow, those videos were really well done. Thanks to the anonymous source.

  • Commodore H. McCringleberry

    Haha. Mike Rinder is holding a Shermanspeak contest. 500-1000 words on the topic of “Scientology and the World Today. Certain to be the most splendiferous, monumental event on the whole track of galactic civil discourse and oration, moreover entries are due the first of October, a mere seventeen workaday work days from this present juncture in the space time continuum.

    • Vaquera

      Remember fantasy football draft tonight at 9:00 EST.
      http://games.espn.com/ffl/leaguedirectory
      League, Bunkerball
      Password: bunkerzzz

      • Commodore H. McCringleberry

        Sweet. I’d have totally missed it.

        • flyonthewall

          i just joined and it was totally out of my own free will and self determinism

          • Commodore H. McCringleberry

            Me too, but we need an 8th big thetan.

            • flyonthewall

              i asked Nola, she likes football. I never did fantasy football or watch sports really so I will be at a slight disadvantage but will give it the old college try

            • Commodore H. McCringleberry

              This is the only advice you’re getting- log on before the draft and get familiar with how many players of each position you start each week, so you’re not drafting like 8 QBs. The site will rank the players for you, so that’s most of the work. During the draft, pay attention to the bye week, so they all don’t fall in the same week or two.

            • flyonthewall

              oh jesus I’m going to kill Jimmy

            • Kestrel

              If you end up having a problem on your bye week (like all your quarterbacks have the week off), just drop the weakest player at that position and pick up a player in the same position from the free agents.Try for a starter going up against a crap defense.

            • flyonthewall

              ok that doesn’t…just…I don’t even know wtf a bye week is! *crying*

            • Commodore H. McCringleberry

              Okay, okay. Don’t Rathbun out on us. The bye week is the week during the season that a team doesn’t have a game. Football season is 16 games, but takes 17 weeks because every team gets one week off. They’re staggered between week 6 and week 12. Four to six teams don’t play in any given week. Just make sure your players don’t all have the same bye week, or you’ll have to start Miscavige.

            • flyonthewall

              got it!

            • Kim O’Brien

              i think Commadore H. McCringleberry is gonna steal your rim . Leave ya rimless .

              you have no idea what you have done

            • flyonthewall

              is that some kind of rape metaphor?? what’s going on here, I scared

            • Kim O’Brien

              balls deep i think ( you better start watching The League on Hulu …)

            • Commodore H. McCringleberry

              What a zero.

            • Kim O’Brien

              be gentle with him ….LOL …

            • LongtimeLurker

              …psssst…

              You shouldn’t have 8 quarterbacks? Did you already know that?

              What a strange game.

              Good luck.

          • Commodore H. McCringleberry

            The Hemet TacoButchers are gonna take you down!

    • Harpoona Frittata

      Where? I was just on his blog site and didn’t see it there.

      • Ann B Watson

        Me either.❤️

        • Ann B Watson

          Thank you Commodore,I missed yesterday altogether!❤️

      • Commodore H. McCringleberry

        Its in the comments in the Ideal ORg fail article from yesterday.

      • Dibythesea

        Refresh for shemanspeak contest comment

        • Dibythesea

          Refresh: More comments

          • Dibythesea

            Refresh

            • Kim O’Brien

              I nominate Jimmy3 to represent the Bunker and to write a killer Sherman speak essay . I think he would do us proud . It’s about goddamn time that the world took us seriously 🙂

        • Harpoona Frittata

          Thanks! There are very few things in $cn that are funnier than hearing the small but evil one spouting inane ShermanSpeak pseudo-profundities with a completely straight face.

          Personally, I think Dan Sherman has just been amusing himself (and making good money while he’s at it) by seeing just how awful he can get without lil davey the savage catching on. Or, more sinisterly, lil davey is totally aware of how bad his prepared speeches are and he’s just keeping tabs on how gullible and semi-literate his audiences are. Either way, it’s lulz fest for me 😉

    • Dibythesea

      Please participate in this contest;) I know it will be hilarious!

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      Pan, you got this? We need our resident Bunker wordsmith to represent.

  • aquaclara

    Watching again. It is just stunningly sad that there are almost no people out, yet we absolutely know there are folks inside. Looking at the recording studio building, for example, catch how few doors there are to that building.

    It’s eerie and scary and probably much worse inside than we know.

    Another thing. This is HOME for many. Yet do you see a park bench or a picnic table or a playground or a store or a garden or even a mailbox or rec center —ANY single thing that would indicate this is where people are spending their lives? Not in the big house, either, since that’s reserved for the dead man. The chairs at the pool are covered, and anyway, as Tom says, he only got to swim there maybe twice.

    Now look at all the fences. Big screen viewing is needed for this. There are fences everywhere. With ZERO way to get the hell out of there.

    I want to thank Marc Headley and Tom DeVocht for sharing their experiences there. And for getting the hell out.
    Miscavige, you are one cold, heartless SOB. How dare you destroy people’s lives like this.

  • Tony Ortega

    Two people have said here in the comments that “Gold Base” got its name because it’s located on Highway 79, and 79 is the atomic weight of gold.

    That sounded apocryphal to me. So I checked with Sinar Parman, who was there at the beginning. He says that as far as he knows, “Golden Era Productions” was a name that L. Ron Hubbard came up with for producing music (because Scientology was ushering in a golden era for mankind).

    Keep in mind, the place at first was a secret, even from other Scientologists. But Sinar remembers that at one point they had to give a tour to some reporters, he thinks it might have been a crew from ABC, and so they needed to put a name on the base — and one that would hide what was really going on. So they put a sign, Golden Era Productions, out there and tried to convince them that it was just audiovisual stuff going on.

    The name stuck, and that’s why “Gold Base” is known as gold today.

    If you know of a legitimate cite for the other version, please let me know.

    • flyonthewall

      that explanation makes toadally more sense than the atomic one

    • Jimmy3

      Gold is just MEST and therefore has no weight. Atomic weight is just a tool psychiatrists use to prescribe medication to children.

    • bp

      I too was there in the early years of Gold and I had never heard, until reading it here in a comment today, that the Gold Base got its name because it is located on Highway 79, and 79 is the atomic number of gold. It sure is an interesting coincidence, but nothing more I would say.

      Moreover: in 1979, the cine and audio production units were going with the name of Source Productions (so ironic when one considers its acronym). I remember that efforts were made to officially name the base as Source Productions, but there was a major problem, as that name was already owned by a non-scientology company or organization (headquartered in LA I believe) that was not interested in letting go of or selling their name to us. And so we were forced to come up with another name for the base. I distinctly remember reading an LRH dispatch about it, in which the concept of a golden era for mankind was indeed mentioned… Surveys were done about it, and the rest is history!

      • Noesis

        “…I had never heard, until reading it here in a comment today, that the Gold Base got its name because it is located on Highway 79…”

        That’s because it’s not even a coincidence…it’s BS.

        Squid Ink.

        • bp

          Of course, what you cite is BS. I thought my comment made that clear.

          But the atomic number of gold being 79 does remain an interesting coincidence. 😉

          • Noesis

            My response to yours probably seemed (unintentionally) harsh. It makes more sense in light of other comments I’ve been making for some time.

            It’s a matter of context. No ill will was implied.

        • Noesis

    • Robert Vaughn Young’s account of the ABC maneuver (check the sidebar under How To Fool The Press: A study in misinformation):

      Scientology from inside out November 1, 1993, Robert Vaughn Young, Quill magazine

      • Noesis

        Young was very proud, even after he ditched Scientology, for having come up with the original deception.

        It was a strange thing…folks (including myself) were so convinced that we had “workable solutions” to the world’s problems…that even being privy to certain acts of deliberate illusion not only did not help undo the illusions created by others…those acts instead served to strengthen the bond between the illusion creators.

        Vaughn was an example of some of the good folks involved in the 60’s and 70’s that (unfortunately) helped many overcome their reservations about Scientology. He is also an example of someone who worked until his death to undo the effects of his prior acts.

        A good lesson and example for all.

    • MarcabExpat

      I always assumed Ron came up with it as a little salute to his own past as a writer, and in typical fashion, 1)hamfistedly inserted his name into a pantheon to which it really didn’t belong, and 2) clumsily got it wrong because it was commonly known as the Golden Age of science fiction. Obviously I made that up entirely 🙂 Thanks, Sinar, for chiming in!

    • grundoon

      Originally the Cine studio was at a ranch code-named Silver. Later they moved to their permanent location at the newly acquired Gilman property, which was code-named in logical progression: Gold. Just as LRH’s hideouts were unimaginatively code-named W, then X. Zegel tape 2:

      On the second of January 1978, LRH arrives back. La Quinta, by the way, was called W, or WHQ. That stood for Winter Headquarters. It consisted of more than the Rifle Hacienda. It also included the Olive Trees Ranch, which was the hacienda immediately next door.

      Additionally, since the film unit was now going to begin, additional property was needed. Two large ranches were located in Indio, California. One was a hundred and forty acres of grapefruit and date palms called Silver. The other was much smaller, a ten-acre grapefruit and date palm hacienda called Monroe.

      The crew that was assembled to make the films would eventually live at Monroe. And in the middle of Silver, right in the middle of the grapefruit orchards, a huge barn would be built that would disguise its internal structure, which was actually a studio. The film crew, then called Cine, moved to the barracks in Monroe and work on the films began at that time. …

      In October of 1978, SHQ, or Summer Headquarters, was purchased.

      SHQ is the facility that is also known as Gilman Hot Springs and included that resort and also the motel known as the Massacre Canyon Inn, a foreshadowing name if there ever was one.

      • Tony Ortega

        That cite doesn’t support your assertion.

        • grundoon

          You got me. I hope we’ll be set straight by someone who has direct knowledge of the origin of the “Gold” moniker.

          The “atomic number = highway number” legend is implausible because (1) it is doubtful that Hubbard’s study of Atomic and Molecular Phenomena extended as far as knowing the atomic number of anything; and (2) if the connection had been noticed, it would have been out-security; they would have changed to a code name that would not hint at the secret location.

          The “Golden Era Productions” theory seems to have arisen after the fact. It seems equally plausible that the base was code-named Gold from the beginning, before the cine crew moved in, and the name Golden Era Productions came later. I think at first, “Gold”, the Film Unit, and the Gilman property were synonymous; but soon when higher-ranking orgs moved in, the Film Unit was demoted. The name Gold stuck to the Film Unit and no longer referred to the base as a whole.

  • Mary Anne

    Nice to see where parishioner money goes while Sea Org children starve and make $0.36 per hour. I’m not a religious person, but stuff like this makes me wish that God would rain some wrath down on Miscavige and his lackeys.

  • downtherabbithole

    How nice, I am traveling to LA tomorrow and can now take my “drive by” Gold Base off my itinerary. Great views from the drone. Off to come up with plan B.

    • flyonthewall

      nothing beats the real deal! Not even 4k ultra HD

  • Tony Ortega

    Early warning: I’ll be on KABC 790 Radio with John and Jillian at 7:25 pm Eastern, 4:25 Pacific.

    • edge

      On top of everything else, your source makes me want to splurge on a large 4K UHD TV.

    • MarcabExpat

      Doggone it, I’ll be in class. I’ll see if I can download a podcast.

  • TexasBroad

    “Technology” foiled by technology again.
    Amazing footage – what a beautiful hell.

  • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

    Totally O/T: Just wanted to give a shout-out to the whole Bunker. I love you folks. As I’ve taken a little time to venture out into the political conversation and observe wtf is going on, I realized how much coming here and reading: 1) Solid reporting 2) Gut-busting humor 3) True human compassion 4) Intelligence 5) People I care for sharing their happiness with each other, reminds me how lucky I am to be a tiny part of this community.

    With all the craziness going on, it’s nice to know that I have a place to go that will always make me feel better about humanity. Just being yourselves, you all rock and I’m grateful to know you. I’d hug you all at once if I could. ((((❤️❤️❤️))))

    Mushy speech over….Carry on. 🙂

    • Jimmy3

      GET OUT OF HERE
      GO NOW

      • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

        MAKE ME!! 😛 😀

        • Jimmy3

          <3

          • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

            ❤️

            • flyonthewall

              hey you like football right? Why don’t you join this fantasy football cult J3 started?

              http://games.espn.com/ffl/leaguedirectory
              League: Bunkerball
              Password: bunkerzzz

            • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

              Thanks for the invite hon but I’m terrible at FF and I always miss the drafts. Maybe next pre-season you teach me how to do it right and then I join?

            • Jimmy3

              Draft the players with the best smiles. That’s what my sister does.

            • flyonthewall

              I never did FF either but Jimmy said he’d kill my family if I didn’t join.

            • Jimmy3

              No I didn’t. I said I’d kill you and take over your family.

            • flyonthewall

              oh ok, that’s not too bad then

            • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

              Damn, he takes it seriously huh? 😀 Don’t tell him I’m hiding under the table. LOL

    • flyonthewall

      i just saw one of your tweets like 10min ago!

      • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

        Does that mean you’ll watch Law & Order: SVU reruns with me? 😀

        • flyonthewall

          yes, Flylady makes the bomb popcorn too

          • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

            I love her!!! Her posts here crack me up. 😀

            • flyonthewall

              yeah she’s ok *shrug*

            • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

              *elbows you hard*

              FLY!! She’s fabulous. Don’t hate the player, hate the game. 😀

    • edge

      Free hugs!

      • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

        *super tight hugs*

    • Sherbet

      Carry on? We usually do. And on and on. Hugs back atcha.

      • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

        Never stop carrying on. It’s one of the many things I love about this place. 🙂

    • FredEX2

      Squeezey ((hugs)) NOLAGirl. Your presence at the Bunker adds something special. Wouldn’t be the same without you! ❤️

    • Juicer77

      f5

    • Ann B Watson

      I went through the Puffs,Stephanie.Seriously,your comment sparkles just like you do.💞

      • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

        *super hugs* Thank you hon, I feel the same way about you. ❤️

    • MarcabExpat
    • daisy

      As well as your funny funny posts, I adore your righteous indignation for how humans should behave. You are one of the beating hearts of this blog and I consider myself lucky to know you. ((hugs )) now get off your ass and pour me a drink. Summer is over.

      • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

        Happy to. *pours* 🙂

    • Chee Chalker

      It is a nice cult to belong to. I’ve only had to salute Tony’s cats two or three times.

      They were not impressed

      • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

        We’ll never have the rank they have. They are forever in charge. 😀

    • TexasBroad

      Aw sweet NOLA. F5 for Blue Dog Texas hugs. Hoping I can buy the bartender a drink someday (and life might be taking me to NOLA this fall)…

  • Royce Harlow

    The videos kinda remind me of the drone footage of Pripyat taken 30 years after Chernobyl. There is a town there but totally devoid of life.

  • SciWatcher

    I’m guessing they’re ignoring water laws out there. If anyone knows for sure whether they’re violating the following, CalWater has a place online to report water misuse: https://www.calwater.com/conservation/water-waste-report/

    Here are some prohibited uses of water in California:
    Using water in a fountain or other decorative water feature, except where the water is part of a recirculating system
    Filling or refilling ornamental lakes or ponds except to sustain existing aquatic life

    Here are some additional prohibitions for the city of Hemet:
    Irrigation of ornamental landscaping and turf with potable water is limited to no more than two days per week.
    Landscape watering is prohibited between 6:00am and 6:00pm except for performing regular maintenance checks and repairs.
    No water shall be used to fill or maintain levels in decorative fountains, ponds, lakes, and similar structures unless such structure is equipped with a water recycling system.

    • Robert Ramsay

      Re Landscape watering the sprinklers were on in at least one area in the first video. The cast shadows weren’t that long so probably in the 6:00am pm window.

    • Graham

      Presumably this applies only to water supplied by the California Water Service? The general opinion here seems to be that they’re using water from their own well. Though even that is anti-social. Regardless of how it’s supplied there’s only so much water in California.

      • Techie

        They have their own well, but of course it all comes from the same water table. I vaguely recall that it is something like a 200 foot deep well and they have had to deepen it several times. At one point they got a dowser to see if they could put in a well on the hillside somewhere, guess not as that was never done.The story is that there was an underground river under the hills that fed the old hot springs that give the property the name “Gilman Hot Springs”. Then when they were putting in the water supply that comes from the Colorado River for LA they blasted some rock and it released the underground aquifer. No more hot springs. The area that is called the Swamp used to be where the hot springs fed into a large swimming area. In the drone shots that area is now completely dry.

        • Tunnel photo mystery answered April 3, 2012, Bob Pratte, Press-Enterprise

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Jacinto_Tunnel

          By 1935 the seepage had become a concern around the San Jacinto Valley as springs, creeks and streams began to run dry. On October 21, 1935 the Riverside County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution calling on the MWD to prevent water from entering the tunnel or from flowing away from the place it was encountered. The MWD responded by stating that water entering the tunnel during digging is nearly unavoidable, and that lining of the tunnels near the end of construction should prevent further inflow. Lawsuits were filed against MWD by nearby landowners and most of these were settled out of court, with MWD paying out over $350,000 between 1936 and 1944.[1]

          • Interesting reading.
            What do you make of it?

            • Kestrel

              Why, he can make a hat or a brooch or a pterodactyl…

            • LongtimeLurker

              Looks like I picked the wrong week to give up sniffing glue.

  • Wow! Amazing footage. The phrase, “What Your Donations Buy,” kept coming to mind. Then, “from here will the planet be cleared.”

  • That ship’s going nowhere!

  • joan nieman

    That was truly amazing. Thank you for this special treat, complete with ambience music.

  • nottrue

    This is where the Sea Org grows their Beans…

  • itsIBBy

    Thank you to the drone pilot, whomever you are, and Tom for providing more in depth commentary on the layout. As a never-in, I’ve heard of Int/Gold just from being a bunkerite, but never really had an in depth look.

    You always hear about regging to turn orgs Ideal, but how much really stays in the local org and how much goes for the upkeep of Int and lining the gregarious garden gnomes pockets. I have to wonder, was Tom Cruise really impressed with the facilities or the massive ass kissing?

  • Lousy Ratatouille

    When I think of those prisoners in The Hole, I think of this scene in this beautiful movie:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzuM2XTnpSA

  • Free Minds, Free Hearts

    It is truly bizarre that there is NO ONE walking between buildings, driving on the driveways, etc. Are they all just looked up ALL THE TIME? Oh, never mind.

    • flyonthewall

      they’re all exterior floatin’ around the guh-laxy and whatnot!

  • Lousy Ratatouille

    I wonder if SuMP has by now decided on their theme songs, tunes or intros.
    Somehow the Woody Woodpecker laugh comes to mind.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10aBef0Ghkc

  • Rita G

    Thanks Tony, Tom and anonymous source. This was really interesting and the detail in the video is remarkable.

  • Observer
    • Snippy_X

      Most disturbing.

    • Rita G

      WTH is going on with the clowns? It’s just creepy and weird and someone, (probably a clown), is going to get hurt or worse.

    • Jimmy3

      Investigators say footprints left at the scene could be a big lead.

    • Kim O’Brien

      i have a feeling that there is a University near by …with freshman dudes …pledging to a frat .

      or a colony of John Wayne Gacey serial killers . One of the two

      • Jimmy3

        Or a fraternity full of John Wayne Gacey serial killers.

    • Chee Chalker

      Any sightings of ‘ass clowns’?

      • Kim O’Brien

        i just whelped at my desk ..really loudly LOL

    • Free Minds, Free Hearts

      No Obs, I cannot, I am terrified of clowns ever since reading It by Stephen King.

    • order66

      Maybe the Joker is up to something?

  • Stephanie Loving

    OK.
    There is a drought in California … what’s up with all the flowing fountains (great keepers of the earth, right?)
    Why are folks playing soccer and also, it looks like, tennis? I thought the slaves never had a moment?
    Perhaps those moving bodies are not SO but Dave and some buddies living the high life. What what?
    Saw a guy jogging through the property … nice place for a run, no?
    But what overwhelmed me? Was the sheer amount of MONEY MONEY MONEY it took to build this compound.
    No expense too much for Miscabbage. Do it once, do it again, and then do it right. Again. Sadly. What what?

  • Marc Headley (blown for good) talking live with Jeffrey Augustine on Int Base Musical Chairs
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQzGuKyLyUY

    • MaxSpaceman

      The two-part written description of The Musical Chairs Machiavellian manipulation was perfectly horrifying.

      It was so well written with an immediacy that conveyed the moments, the segments, malicious, vicious, relentless and, when you think it was done, more horrific manipulation of the staff continued on.

      It was stunning and startling. From the mind of a very, very sick and degraded man.

  • Cosmo Pidgeon

    It looks like a workers paradise.

    • Jimmy3

      I’d rather play goalie for Colombia than risk being a goalie on a Gold Base soccer team.

  • Kim O’Brien

    I am not totally convinced that this is a drone video . I think that there is a very real possibility that these are arial images provided to us by Tom Cruise . While he is flying . Or exterior . Or homo-knowing his super novis …way up in the sky .

    Actually …I am kidding . We all know that THIS is where all our $$ went that we pulled together . We bought a drone . To follow people . Any people . Any time .

    ( whispers ) ….forever ….

    • $cnmonkeyrob$

      The SP [Air Drone] Force :)[Edit]

    • Jimmy3

      Thanks for the preview of Marty’s next tantrum post.

      • Kim O’Brien

        the next one will be a version of ” the call is coming from INSIDE the house ”

        it’s gonna be great

        • flyonthewall

          I kinda doubt Marty really believes we did that. I think he was just throwing out wild accusations to stir the pot and get us talking so he could discover what we “really” did. It’s actually a pretty common interrogation technique; accuse the suspect of something outlandish and crazy so that they freak out and confess to what you actually suspect they did.

          But he is pretty psycho so he may actually believe it idk.

      • Commodore H. McCringleberry

        David Miscavige has nothing to do with all of the disgusting algae in the water. The algae in the water is actually a dramatization of MY shitty landscaping skills when I was there!

    • Kestrel

      “A” drone? Heh, heh. Heh, heh, heh.

      Thank you, Big Pharma!

    • edge

      “They told me all their money at the UB was going to beer! They’re going out and buying drones and 4K cameras! The PIs are next, I know it! Those inimical fools!

  • aegerprimo

    These videos are amazing! A couple of things I noticed in the vidoes… the Hole DOES exist, there is a lot of algea in the various water features at the property, there are barely any cars parked in the various parking areas (probably because it is easier for Sea Org members to escape if they have cars), the cars parked at the Sea Org berthing are covered in car covers. Topiaries? Ugh. What is that bare dirt area with the X ? Is that for helicopter landings?

    Anyone can tell as Tom DeVocht mentions above this place is green for out in the middle of the desert, so a lot of money must be spent to keep the landscaping green.

    The Co$ may eventually be able to get these videos taken off of YouTube, but they are FOREVER on the the Internet.

    • flyonthewall

      Jeff commented today and mentioned the X thing. Sorted by best, it’s just a few scrolls down

  • nottrue

    Gold Base or Bust….I’m very good at trimming grass

    • Beth
      • nottrue

        Looking at Mr Sheep and listening to this song almost made me cry

        • Beth

          me too.

    • Ann B Watson

      I love that photo.Sheeple everywhere!❤️

  • Jimmy3

    Just need one more for fantasy football. The turnout has been great. Next year we’re playing fantasy Project Runway.

    • Kestrel

      See if you can get Fly Lady. Hilarity will ensue.

      • flyonthewall

        she gets all her jokes from me anyway

        • Fly Lady

          take a moment to reflect on what you get from me… you may want to reconsider this post.

      • Fly Lady

        fly lady is aware that football exists. she played in a “football pool” once and angered all the real participants when she made it to like the top whatever by picking teams that she considered “cute” or towns she thought were “hip”… she is geographically required to hate football at this time…

        • Kestrel

          See what I mean? You really should play. My mother would pick horses on the track based on how pretty they were. Her sister spent hours pouring over tout sheets. Guess who came home with the cash?

        • Robert Eckert
    • ReallyMGM

      I wanna do it! Remind me of the password.
      ETA: Nevermind. Found it!

      • Jimmy3

        Awesome. Thank you.

      • flyonthewall

        *high five*

    • Commodore H. McCringleberry

      For realz. Somebody sign up. If not, they’ll kick out the McCringleberry owned and operated Hemet Tacobutchers.

      • LongtimeLurker

        What’s your mascot?

        • Commodore H. McCringleberry

          You don’t want to know. . . But it came from the back of the freezer.

          • ReallyMGM

            Just asked my ex college football playing husband to help. He looked at me like I was speaking Latin. The SEC has some smart ones!!!

  • What strikes me about this footage are the signs of creeping decay. The farther away you are from Building 50 the less grass there is. The more the paint on the tennis courts fade. The more you see dead trees. Even the algae in the lake. It’s pretty wild. Almost as if the effects of Scientology’s demise were encroaching on Int Base itself.

    • Kestrel

      Even the landscaping at Bonnie View, across the road from Building 50, looks uneven and improperly maintained.

      • MaxSpaceman

        That would be a $10 million home in Bel Air, up there ’round Bellagio Road

        • Yes, in Bel Air, but in Gilman Hot Springs, who would buy it?

          • MaxSpaceman

            no one.

            but a Hotel & Resort could buy the whole place and have a Golf Course. Turn Dave’s #50 huge empty office into hotel rooms, lobby, etc. The whole joint could be a resort near Palm Springs.

            ya think?

            • The golf course is down to 9 holes, used for charity PR events. I don’t know how much draw that would have for serious golfers.

    • There’s hardly a soul to be seen anywhere on the base itself. So far I see one lone soul running through the parking lot at 3;24 in the first video. A blacked out van crossing the street about 30 seconds before that. There are barely any signs of life at all.

      • Kestrel

        A bunch came out of what I think is the cafeteria. If you go full screen, there are a few people on the “berthing” side of the road. Little, if any, movement on the Building 50 side.

      • ReallyMGM

        10-12 people on the soccer field. Don’t think they are playing soccer because of the formation, but who knows.

    • Free Minds, Free Hearts

      Nice metaphor Derek.

    • Todd Tomorrow

      It wouldn’t be them cutting back on their water use due to the drought? Naw, I answered my own question. Still it looks posh in a tacky mishmash kind of way. I suspect he has a little gold plated potty chair.

      • I suspect the reasoning behind it is that because they are short staffed they focus on keeping the paths that Miscavige frequents green and the rest of the facility gets forgotten.

  • LongtimeLurker

    In Karen’s horrific post today she mentions that most people only knew the “Scientology definition of musical chairs, not the Wog game”.

    Can someone enlighten me?

    • Observer
    • “musical chairs” was something we played in kindergarten

    • OOkpik

      In Scientology it basically means moving staff around from post (job) to post to fill in unmanned positions.

      To the rest of us wogs (non-Scientologists) it’s a very common kid’s game like the one described by Karen, only safe and fun.

      The quote implies that the Scientologists in the Hole had been so out of touch with real life or so highly indoctrinated so as not to even know about the original game.

      Sad!

      • LongtimeLurker

        I suspected it was something like that.

        Thanks!

        It is sad.

      • Harpoona Frittata

        No beating of others or screaming was allowed in the version that I learned as a small child. Plus, those who didn’t win weren’t threatened with being booted off the Front Porch of their Eternity for forever and ever always 😉 If we’d learned it that way, even as very small children I’m pretty sure that no one would have wanted to play again;)

  • Sherbet

    I can’t get into the KABC live broadcast. Do I have to join? I think in the past I’ve always listened to podcasts, never live.

    • Beth

      it took a couple of tries for me too, but I think I’m on the live broadcast now….
      http://www.kabc.com/

      click the red ‘Listen Live’ thingie on the right

      • Sherbet

        I do, and nothing happens. 🙁

        • noseinabk

          Look for a blue banner at the top of the page. You need to hit the play arrow on the left to start.

          • Sherbet

            When I do that, the word “Advertisement” pops up, and there’s still no sound. There’s no marker “advancing” that shows it’s playing. Oh, well. I’ll catch the podcast.

            • noseinabk

              Yep that disappeared after a few seconds and I then realized I had to hit play. Weird set up.

            • Sherbet

              I’m going to curl up and suck my thumb and sulk.

            • noseinabk

              Shhh, I’m listening to Tony. :-p

            • Sherbet

              Haha! I hope Jillian gives the right website for a change. dot ORG, Jillian, not dot COM.

            • OOkpik

              Me too.

    • salin

      Hi Sherb! I so miss crossing paths with you. In the spurts I have to be around I seem to always miss when you are here. Just wanted to give a wave and hug – til the next time… (Sherb)

      • Sherbet

        Hughughug to you, too, salin. I hope all’s well with you!

  • order66

    Great videos. Of course, you know that all future fundraising efforts by That Crazy Midget will be dedicated to buying a giant dome to put over the base so that this sort of thing can never happen again.

  • salin

    Only a brief minute able to drop in – but wanted to share this cool aurora…. or is it a call for batman? All in appreciation of today’s videos and photos, and the ensuing discussion.

    Pic from Sweden on Sept. 5: http://spaceweathergallery.com/indiv_upload.php?upload_id=129160&PHPSESSID=skpan7p5ibte9pkvnouee2s5f4

    • Chee Chalker

      That is so cool!

      • Kestrel

        Think of how much better it would have been with a volunteer fact-checker.

        • Chee Chalker

          A FREE volunteer fact checker!

  • 3:50 in the second video. Anyone know who that is on the motorcycle?

    • iampissed

      I bet it’s that Headly guy

  • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

    Just clicked on the KABC link to see if Tony’s still on. He’s not, but I timed it just right to catch a scientologist calling in! “Tony doesn’t really know anything, so many people are going clear now, she’s offended that people are attacking her religion, it’s obviously personal…” blah bah. Then, as Jillian and John were trying to thank her for calling in, she started talking over them to go on about how people don’t know how to communicate. Same old, basically.

    ETA: I think this is the second caller that Beth heard, too (see thread below).

    • Beth

      glad you caught that part. As I said below, I have a suspicion that she was the lady ‘confronting’ Louis in the movie trailer, but I could be wrong.

      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        I wouldn’t be surprised if it were the same person. I mean, with numbers dwindling like they are, the warm bodies available to froth publicly at the mouth are becoming more and more limited.

        • Beth

          yes. and she had a verrrrry practiced deadpan delivery. She was a veteran for sure.

          • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

            And no actual communication skills–i.e., instead of having an actual conversation, she just talked at John and Jillian, and then eventually talked right over them. Like you said, very practiced, very scripted–bull-in-a-china shop style, is the way I think of it.

            • Beth

              yep. ice in the veins. VAMPIRE

            • edge

              Well yeah, their idea of practicing communication is screaming at an ashtray and projecting intention on inanimate objects, not two-way, back-and-forth discussions like people in the real world.

  • Kilia

    Between the two drone videos,saw people on bikes or walking. Sad to see the gates up even to inquire on people exiting. Also many cars.

    • Kestrel

      And a lot more empty parking spaces.

    • Free Minds, Free Hearts

      1 on a bike/motorcycle, 1 running, empty parking spaces. Scary as all get out. WHERE ARE THE PEOPLE?

      • Sherbet

        It’s like the old “here’s the church, and here’s the people” kids’ rhyme, only when you open up the doors, there are NO people.

  • Todd Tomorrow

    I can’t believe they still have the fucking hole still around. After an FBI investigation I’d assumed they’ve moved them all underground.

    • Liberated

      I looked real hard and didn’t see any muffins at all.
      Did you?

  • flyonthewall

    AHHH!!! DOINGSOMEFOOTBALLSTUFFITHINK!!! f5

    • LongtimeLurker
      • Kim O’Brien

        i can’t tell you enough how good it is to have you back . No kidding

        • LongtimeLurker

          Come on!

          Stop it.

          I’m glad to be back. You’re nice. You’re all nice.

          • Sherbet

            Then who whacked you on the head? That’s some bandage.

            • Baby

              ooOOPS my bad.. I hit him with my Hookah.. and I feel terrible about it Sherb.

            • Sherbet

              You probably had a very good reason, then.

            • Baby

              Yep.. Who do you think drug him back here? I told him he had no choice in the matter and then I bopped him.

            • Sherbet

              You are definitely a force to be reckoned with, Baby. I wouldn’t want to tangle with you.

            • Baby

              You are one smart alien Sherb! xox

            • LongtimeLurker

              That’s from a couple of days ago…I was trying to Move On Up A Little
              Higher but I went up the ladder too fast and smacked my head into the
              ceiling fan.

              Then Baby attacked me with her giant pipe-thing.

              I’ll be fine.

            • Sherbet

              That was your first mistake, hanging around the Moving On Up a Little Higher website.

          • Kim O’Brien

            please come to denver for HowdyCon . the toilets flush in the opposite direction here in the US …it’s really freaking cool .

            • Kestrel

              Oh, Miss Fancypants has toilets that flush!

            • Baby

              BBBaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawhahahhahahahhahaah OMG Kes..

            • Kim O’Brien

              after the tornado hit my house …my washing machine was in the back yard . It was like a scene out of ” coal miners daughter ” . THIS close to peeing in the yard and sleeping with my cousin

            • Kestrel

              You make it sound like that’s a bad thing. Peeing in the yard, I mean. Not the cousin thing.

            • Kim O’Brien

              fair point . also …depends on which cousin

            • ReallyMGM

              When the tornado hit my house there was nothing left in the house. Nothing left but a concrete slab with torn up wood, metal, and pink insulation scattered everywhere. Nothing much to do but bring bulldozers and dump trucks in. ☹️

            • sundaygirl

              Coal Miner’s Daughter true story: when I was a kid, my family went down to Butcher Hollow (Holler, to us Kentucks) to see Loretta Lynn’s childhood home. My dad managed to get the car stuck in a ditch. Turns out, Loretta’s brother owned the only tow truck nearby. He pulled us out of the ditch, asked why we were in town, then took us inside the family home to show us old pics of Loretta and Crystal Gale and him when they were kids.

            • LongtimeLurker

              I wish I could. Darn it.

              I used to US every couple of years for work. I miss it.

              Maybe I’ll Skype with someone during it and say hi…

            • Kim O’Brien

              hell to the yes . we will live stream or periscope or dive bomb or whatever .

              you gotta wear a sarong though . Fair dinkum ?:)

            • LongtimeLurker

              You bet.

              I’ll shave my chest.

              …my legs?

              Something.

        • What’sup

          Yep, the quality of banter is certainly richer for LL’s input.

  • Observer

    I cannot stop laughing at this

    F5

    • flyonthewall

      i thought it was a tiny skate park for a second

    • Sherbet

      It’s for people who drag themselves out of bed to shower and get ready for work but aren’t completely committed to the task.

  • Hamtaro

    Today’s videos were a unique visual treat. It’s lovely to see DM’s world shrinking rapidly, especially at his home and office. Now that it’s night time, here’s an appropriate musical accompaniment for the videos (featuring the legendary Steve Marriott):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdXjm8pZMws

  • EnthralledObserver

    In the spirit of today’s post… it’s certainly interesting how making a good close inspection of things reveals all manner of sins…
    Oh, look… another corrupt, Islamic grub politician outed… it’s becoming a ‘thing’…

    f5…