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DRONE FLYOVER: Scientology’s failed underground vault project in Wyoming

The drone pilot is back! Since last September, the Underground Bunker has been the beneficiary of a shadowy anonymous drone operator who has allowed us to premiere his amazing overhead views of secretive Scientology sites.

He’s twice given us amazing views of the CST headquarters in the mountains above LA, where we believe that Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige banished his wife in 2005. He’s also been over Int Base near Hemet (twice), as well as vault locations in Tuolumne County, Petrolia, California, and near Trementina, New Mexico, as well as the ranch near Creston, California where L. Ron Hubbard died.

Each time, he’s made his lavish 4K videos available free of charge and with no strings attached, and filmmakers and television production companies have been taking advantage of it. (We’ve seen his footage pop up in Leah Remini’s A&E series, for example.)

And now the drone pilot is taking us somewhere we’ve never been before: Sweeney Ranch in Sweetwater County, Wyoming, where Scientology’s odd Church of Spiritual Technology has run into problems with another vault project.


The Church of Spiritual Technology is Scientology’s most secretive subsidiary, and its mandate is to develop underground vaults intended to house the preserved works of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard to last thousands of years. With vaults already placed in California and New Mexico, several years ago CST began a new project in Wyoming.

But as Mike Rinder has pointed out, the project ran afoul of local authorities, who didn’t like that Scientology was building a doomsday shelter on land that was zoned for agricultural use. Rinder reported that not only was the work halted, but the church was ordered to return the hillside it was drilling to its original state.

As you’ll see in the high-resolution footage we have for you today, the hillside dig site is still pretty visible, even if the hole being dug into the ground was collapsed. Also, you’ll see that there’s still a lot of storage containers on site, which makes us wonder if CST is still hoping it can, someday, get back to digging.

Thanks again, drone pilot, for taking us on such revealing trips over Scientology’s secret locations!


(Note: This video our drone pilot edited together from two separate overflights. For raw video from the two separate flights, see video 1 and video 2.)


[The approximate location of the CST property is marked with a red star.]


Bonus items from our tipsters

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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 4,860 days.
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Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 4,917 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,024 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis for 1,426 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,299 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 880 days.
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3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on September 1, 2017 at 07:00

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