- [dropcap]Secret[/dropcap] New Mexico base is built to withstand a nuclear attack
- It reportedly holds the original texts of Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard
- Scientologists reportedly believe in sinister extraterrestrial emperor Xenu
- But church leaders routinely deny this or any talk of aliens
- BBC reporter John Sweeney investigated site for new book
These giant symbols etched into the desert are a welcoming message to aliens from Tom Cruise‘s deeply secretive church of Scientology.
The religion, which believes a sinister extraterrestrial being called Xenu brought billions of people to earth in spaceships similar to DC8 airliners, operates a giant underground base hidden deep within the New Mexico desert.
BBC reporter John Sweeney, who famously clashed with Scientologists during a Panorama report in 2007, travelled to the site dubbed Scientology’s ‘alien space cathedral’, to research a new book.
Hidden some 30 miles from the nearest town, the baseis reportedly home to a huge underground bunker, built in the 980‘s and strong enough to withstand a nuclear holocaust.
Deep inside its vaults sealed within titanium caskets, are the original texts of founder L Ron Hubbard on gold discs – the religion’s most sacred scriptures.
A report in the Sun newspaper tells how Sweeney visited the site, known as Trementina Base, and interviewed former members of the church of Scientology for the new book Church of Fear.
Mr Sweeney,who the church has previously described as ‘a bigot, a liar and psychotic’ said: ‘I’d always wanted to visit Trementina because when you go to the church they always deny this talk of Xenu and space aliens.
‘When I spoke to Kirsty Alley and Juliette Lewis in 2007 and asked them ‘who is Xenu?’ they’d say “John, you’re crazy”.
‘But if I’m wrong about the church believing in aliens,then why have they built these giant symbols in the middle of the desert that can only be seen from outer space?
‘I think there is something very strange about a church which builds an enormous cathedral but then hides it away from everyone.
‘What concerns me is that Scientology says it wants religious status in the UK. But our rules state religions must be open and honest about their beliefs and I think these are good rules.
‘This place is physical proof that they do believe in aliens. I’d like to see Tom Cruise and John Travolta explain why they hide this from people.’
The symbols, which consist of two interlinking circles with diamonds in the center, are reportedly there to guide Scientologists returning to earth after fleeing to outer space to escape armageddon.
Mr Sweeney was accompanied by a former Scientologist Marc Headley, who claims to have been ‘audited’ by Cruise and then beaten up by the church’s leader David Miscavige – incidents which the church strongly deny.
After travelling many miles along a dirt road, the pair made it as far as a set of huge steel gates guarded by two security cameras, where they were turned away.
He writes: ‘I press an intercom button. A voice says “Hello” in what sounds like a Scandinavian accent. I announce that I’m John Sweeney and ask nicely for a tour.
‘We are not invited in and the intercom simply spouts white noise. We drive back to civilisation, wondering what kind of religion builds a space alien cathedral underground.’
The reporter claims he received two mysterious phone calls to his hotel room at 1am that night for which he believes Scientologists were responsible.
Mr Headley, who was brought up inside the church from the age of six, has written the book Blown For Good: Inside the Dark Curtain of Scientology.
In it he reveals how the church’s E-meter devices, which are used to measure the static electric field around a person, cost just $40 to make but are sold for $4,000 (