In Tom Cruise, Scientology puts its best face forward - 2005-12-18
The vast majority of Scientologists train at the church's better-known facilities, including those in Hollywood and Clearwater, Fla. Cruise also has trained at those locations, but for much of his studies in the late 1980s and early 1990s, he headed to Gilman Hot Springs.
He stayed for weeks at a time, arriving by car or helicopter, according to former Scientologists who saw him there on repeated occasions. The former resort, 90 miles east of Los Angeles, was an ideal place for Cruise to get out of the spotlight while focusing on his Scientology training, former members say.
It is described by former members as the church's international nerve center, whose barbed-wired perimeter and driveways are monitored by video cameras and motion sensors. Some also remember a perch high in the hills, dubbed "Eagle," where staff members with telescopes jotted down license plate numbers of any vehicle that lingered too long near the compound.