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Why Are So Many Wealthy People Building Futuristic High Tech Security Bunkers?

Home Security - Photo by Intel Free PressThe wealthy are spending more to protect themselves from all the rest of us than ever before.  So why are they so concerned about the future?  Do they know something that the rest of us don’t?  Or do they just have the money to buy the type of security that the rest of us would if we could?  Over the past few years, wealthy people all over America have been equipping their homes with futuristic high tech security systems that go far beyond the kinds of things portrayed in recent Hollywood films such as “The Purge“.  We are talking about security bunkers with their own sustainable sources of food and water, hidden passageways that lead to ballistics-proof panic suites, and thermal heat detectors that can detect someone hiding up to 15 kilometers away.  Most of these security measures will probably never even be needed if things stay pretty much as they are today.  But if the thin veneer of civilization that we all take for granted on a daily basis continues to disintegrate and we see massive civil unrest in the years ahead, then those security measures are going to come in very handy indeed.

When it comes to prepping, sometimes it is the wealthy that are the most extreme.  According to a recent Daily Mail article, the wealthy have become increasingly obsessed with home security in recent years…

Wealthy families across the country are shelling out millions to protect their loved ones from intruders, natural disasters or the apocalypse as home security goes increasingly sci-fi.

Companies that provide concerned homeowners with futuristic gadgets – and a priceless peace of mind – have revealed the growing demand of costly bunkers, passageways, panic rooms and recognition software.

Most people simply do not have the money for those sorts of things.  But the wealthy do, and these days they have shown a willingness to shell out big bucks for extraordinary security measures that they hope will give them peace of mind.  A recent Forbes article profiled the owner of a company called Strategically Armored & Fortified Environments (SAFE).  He uses his own fortress-like home as a showcase for potential clients, and business is booming…

Al Corbi’s residence in the Hollywood Hills has the requisite white walls covered in artwork and picture windows offering breathtaking views of downtown Los Angeles, but it has more in common with NSA headquarters than with the other contemporary homes on the block. The Corbi family doesn’t need keys (thanks to biometric recognition software), doesn’t fear earthquakes (thanks to steel-reinforced concrete caissons that burrow 30 feet into the private hilltop) and sleeps easily inside a 2,500-square-foot home within a home: a ballistics-proof panic suite that Corbi refers to as a “safe core.”

According to Forbes, some of these homes that SAFE builds actually have “sustainable” security bunkers where families could potentially survive for multiple generations in the event of a major catastrophe…

SAFE’s bunkers operate on geothermal power and have sustainable food supplies, their own wells for water and full medical facilities. Many have amphitheaters, restaurants and health spas; for one client, Corbi designed a promenade with ceilings hand-painted with blue skies and “stores” displaying the family heirlooms. “These are things you would want to have personally, so right now it’s an ultimate entertainment area, but if there was a disaster you could go there and stay for a long time,” says Corbi.

A long time, indeed. He estimates that families could survive in the best planned of these luxurious strongholds for up to three generations. “They would be the new Adam and Eve, essentially, who would start up everything again.”

So what are the wealthy so concerned about?

After all, our politicians and the mainstream media keep telling us that everything is going to be just fine.  So why are they going to such extraordinary lengths to prepare for the future?

Well, there are definitely some wealthy individuals that are among the 3 million preppers in the United States that are preparing for a future meltdown of society.

But many other wealthy individuals just want to make sure that their families are safe.  Violent crime in the United States was up 15 percent last year, and anger toward the wealthy has risen to unprecedented heights since the last financial crisis.

Desperate people do desperate things, and without a doubt Americans are becoming increasingly desperate.  In fact, these days criminals will go after just about anyone.  For example, on Sunday someone actually ripped off the Salvation Army

The Salvation Army said someone broke into one of its community centers in Washington and stole donations collected through the charity’s Red Kettle Program.

Maj. Lewis Reckline, area commander of the Salvation Army National Capital Area Command said the Solomon G. Brown Corps Community Center was burglarized at about 5:30 a.m. Sunday.

And in South Carolina the other day, a group of thugs shot and killed a 76-year-old lady during an attempt to rob her home…

A 76-year-old woman was killed in a shootout as a gang tried to rob her outside her South Carolina home in the early hours of Saturday.

Dorothy Hendrix was shot twice by the gang of two men and a woman, but she managed to shoot one of her assailants in the stomach before dying of her wounds.

So it is understandable that the wealthy would want to try to insulate themselves from all of this.  After all, they are huge targets for desperate criminals and thieves.

And when it comes to spotting intruders, some of the technologies being used by the wealthy these days are truly amazing.  For example, one company out in Oregon actually manufactures infrared cameras that can spot the thermal heat signature of someone hiding 15 kilometers away

Another company, FLIR Systems, based in Wilsonville, Oregon, makes infrared cameras that can read the thermal heat signatures from anything nearby – even someone in a hiding place as far as 15km away.

Many of these technologies are very “cool”, but the sudden interest in them reveals something else about our society.

The level of trust in our society is rapidly breaking down, and people are scared.

In fact, one recent survey discovered that the level of trust that we have in one another is much, much lower than it was about 40 years ago…

For four decades, a gut-level ingredient of democracy — trust in the other fellow — has been quietly draining away.

These days, only one-third of Americans say most people can be trusted. Half felt that way in 1972, when the General Social Survey first asked the question.

Forty years later, a record high of nearly two-thirds say “you can’t be too careful” in dealing with people.

So what do you think?

Do you believe that most people can be trusted?

And why do you think that so many wealthy people are spending so much money on futuristic high tech security measures right now?

Please feel free to share what you think by posting a comment below…

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  • Rodster

    TPTB have created the system and society we are now dealing with along with a polluted planet, diminishing resources and an ever growing world population all competing for the same limited resources. What COULD possibly go WRONG?

    They are preparing just like governments around the world. They know mathematics is not on our side and are expecting a global reset.

    The good news is no one lives forever and eventually you will meet your maker and you will be judged by what you did to others.

  • Chris

    That’s also why some Lobbyists and high elites who work in DC are building tunnels and bunkers under there homes outside in MD and VA. They know what’s coming! Jesus is also coming back soon, which is the good part.

    • seth datta

      Those ‘elites’ cannot escape the Lord’s wrath, that they know is coming…

      • Uh-huh

        Honestly, in a SHTF scenario, if i had the resources and if I knew where the “elite” were hiding, I would take every bit of cement I could find and seal their steel doors with it…and call it survival of the most creative.

        • Onegaishimasu

          I’ve often fantasized that myself; let em rot down there with the demons!

    • JoJosephson

      If you’re thinking like those who have profited millions from a false pre-trib series of the books, film and TV kabuki theatre, you need to think again. The Bilbe is quite clear that the Church is NOT going to hop on the rapture bus before all the bad stuff happens.
      Suggestion: Read Robert Van Kampen’s book, “The Sign.” It will give you a supremely in-depth, logical, most honest hermeneutical analysis of eschatology there is. We all need to understand the Church has been infiltrated with those same ghouls that run the central banks, our politicians, our media, etc…
      FYI

  • El Pollo de Oro

    I have a friend who moved from Philly (her home town) to Bogotá, Colombia for a job offer. She lives in a very upscale, affluent area of North Bogotá, and it’s amazing how much security her well-to-do neighbors and associates have to protect themselves from all the thugs and professional kidnappers who live in the slums in the south part of Bogotá. Well, that’s where this Third World hellhole is headed: a lot of desperate people preying on the affluent. The worse the economic conditions become for big chunks of the population, the more protection the affluent will need. The Banana Republic of America is a powerkeg of misery, suffering, anger and unrest. So, if you have a gun, be sure to keep it handy. You’re going to need it.

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      We are definitely becoming more like the Third World with each passing day.

      Michael

      • El Pollo de Oro

        No doubt about it. When my friend got that job offer in Bogotá, she had reservations about moving to a city with a reputation for high crime. But I told her that she was already living in a banana republic (the fact that she had a masters degree in business from Temple and was waiting tables shows how much of a basketcase this country has become).

  • mleblanc138

    Perhaps now would be a good time to discus the DPDDTT that’s probably coming to America.

  • Johnny

    It’s natural selection. The liberal/progressives will be the first to go…which will be fine with me.

  • Harold

    As long as the electricity is running or the “geothermal” power is working they’ll be all right. But if those go, or the condensor on the A/C unit, well…

    • JJ

      True, nothing will matter if there’s an EMP attack. We’ll go back to the middle ages in an instant.

      • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

        That is a very good point.

        Michael

      • Hammerstrike

        Some folks knows how to buil a faraday cage.

  • K

    Fixed fortifications are a monument to the stupidity of man. George Patton.
    In a condition of total chaos. Better to be a small cabin, deep in the woods, than a castle high on a hill. In a total society breakdown, who can predict what weapons may end up in private hands.

  • Spook89

    Revelation 6: 15-17… 15 And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, 16 and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! 17 For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      I think that piece of Scripture ties in very nicely with this article.

      Michael

  • MIchael in Chicago

    I remember leaving the house and not locking the door. Times have changed a bit. Importing Mexicans and exporting jobs are what I blame the most. A year ago I never thought I would ever own a gun but I have one now.

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      When my grandparents were growing up they never even locked their cars.

      Michael

    • pfehrman

      Don’t worry about the Mexicans, worry about the muslims that are coming into the country unaccounted for and the numbers are now in the millions. Our President approves of Sharia Law and would like America to be a completely muslim country and has said so over and over again. Our first and most dangerous enemy sits in the White House and is wielding every kind of danger at our country that he possibly can. All the Mexicans want are jobs and some kind of security for their families…however, America may no longer be a safer place to be after all.

      • Gay Veteran

        bilge

        • Wayne Chipman

          Are You Blind or Stupid

          • Gay Veteran

            gee, are those the only choices?

    • Sorcha The Dark Eyed Elf

      I still leave my keys in my car but that’s because my car is almost always on empty and I live in the woods. If things were different I would certainly keep my doors locked and keys put up this day in age. It’s a crying shame but it is what it is.

  • TheMastersoftheMirror

    Deprivation will force everyone to commit acts they would normally find appalling when times are good. When everything is taken and you have no way to survive, you only have one course of action – to take from others. Does this make your neighbors “evil” for stealing from you or you “evil” for stealing from others? Of course not. If you’ve ever suffered from starvation and low blood sugar, you know how it affects your ability to think clearly.

    The herd is being driven to the altar on the edge of a cliff. It’s humanity’s repetitive destiny and no one will be spared this fate – not even the rich.

    It would behoove everyone to reject that “eye for an eye” crap from the Old Testament and take a page from the book of Christ: Learn to unconditionally forgive. It will be a critical tool in the days ahead. If you feel the need to hate somebody, hate the gods who set this whole thing up to begin with. Read the Bible from a fresh perspective and learn to see the true, dark identity of the god of the Old Testament. If you are able to do that, all of this will begin to make frightening sense…

    • Pavel Chichikov

      Marcion the Gnostic thought thought the same way about the Old Testament, about 1800 years ago. He and his movement are gone. Faith in Christ, true God and true man, is not.

    • shinesupon

      I can live with it as long as there is a way out. Or is that an illusion too? If so, what is their purposes?

  • Pavel Chichikov

    Only a functioning multi-generational community in which people trust one another is at least potentially secure. Societies are not assembled in modules according to abstract theories – they grow organically and they have a spiritual component.

  • DJohn1

    No one is safe. It really does not matter if you are secure or not. If someone wants to get you they will.
    We have sophisticated weapons readily available to the general population and that is not going to change by making laws.
    The only real secure place that I know would be an island that no one knows about or a retreat somewhere remote like the mountains. The mountains if high enough might survive the radioactive clouds that an all out war might produce. The important thing might be deep wells of water that are not polluted. Again my own choice would be a mountain retreat. The mountains would have to be off the beaten path yet easily defended.
    Even with all that, it would take a community of people capable of repairing anything that goes wrong and with the equipment and parts to do so.
    I suggest something along the 30th parallel either north or south of the equator.
    That is not to say it is new. I think we are repeating things that have happened in the ancient past. Only it happened in a different part of the world. Possibly India and China might have been at atomic war thousands of years in the past.
    Present day Homo Sapiens can be tracked back at least 225 thousand years. We have history dating back only a short time in the past. Say anywhere from 5-20,000 years at the most. That is if documents in India and China are valid. Most of Europe can only track it back about 5-6,000 years.
    There are tales of a sophisticated technology in India. Tales of flying machines for instance. Tales of a leadership class of people bred for that job.
    The entire domesticated animal population can be traced to breeding animals in Egypt and other places. That is about 5,000 years ago.
    The pyramids are an engineering feat. Don’t even know if we could duplicate it today.
    I suspect that there are entire destroyed civilizations that existed prior to our current historical knowledge.

    Our only hint of places like Atlantis are a few sentences in Plato!

    The Library of Alexandria had many documents. It was all destroyed leaving us clueless as to the ancient past.
    What is to say it won’t happen again in the current age as greedy and powerful dictators decide to blow us all up instead of living peaceably. Then the survivors can only hope they can preserve the knowledge we currently have in coming generations.
    The good book says: “There is nothing new under the Sun. I am inclined to agree with that statement.
    So if these wealthy and successful people want to find corners of the Earth that might allow humanity to survive then by all means do so.
    Maybe next time humanity will be more lucky about obtaining a way to live with one another.

  • Mistanick

    Interesting essay as usual. Thank you. You know, it is sad the rich who have the means to build bunkers to sustain Earthly life ignore the way to sustain their soul for eternity. Certainly, all of us would take every means to sustain the lives of we and our families for as long as we can. Really though, we all will die in time, so our focus must be ultimately on the condition of our soul and where it will spend eternity.

  • http://packer-madness.com/ NFL Madness

    “The Purge” is coming!

  • HiddenRoad

    So just who is going to serve them in these “restaurants” and “spas” in the bunker? This is creepy.

  • Matt

    Take a look at Daniel 7:4: Plucking the military, destabilization and transformation. For whom? Well, it sounds like Obama’s America. Daniel 7:5 tells what comes next: Russia rises up to devour much flesh – nuclear war.

    7:4: “The first was like a lion, and it had the wings of an eagle. I watched until its wings were torn off and it was lifted from the ground so that it stood on two feet like a human being, and the mind of a human was given to it.

    7:5: “And there before me was a second beast, which looked like a bear. It was raised up on one of its sides, and it had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. It was told, ‘Get up and eat your fill of flesh!’

  • Ezekiel Lamb

    Preppers correct but in vain i fear. Daniel 12 “set up” {re Dan 2 v21} is 625BC the Neo/babylonian empire add 1260 {+ 1 to account for 0}=the year 636 and the battle of Yarmouk river, the conquest of the Holy Land by Islam {jihad} Part 2 625BC + 1290 {+1} is 666 add the remaining 1335 makes 2001 NY 9/11 ? Mans number is 6 begin thus 6+Osama Bin Laden {6+Adolf Hitler} A=6 B=12 etc Z=156 calculate the name. The following needs no 6 prefix {not a man} New York.

    • Gay Veteran

      bilge

  • JoBu

    Because they can.

  • Arizona

    When americans ,decided they had the right to KILL anyones children they wanted,no matter what country they lived in,THATS when america drove off the cliff,YOU “DON’T” kill other peoples children and think they forgot about it,.Just because you never cared,AMERICAS HANDS,are drenched in the blood of children all around the world,WHO THEY HAVE MURDERED,…..RIGHT NOW,8 NATIONS are planning to take america down,to stop their killing spree on the worlds children,AND NO BUNKER will save you,ONLY THE LORD CAN DO THAT…………………

  • Arizona

    And heres a message to GOVERNMENT IDIOTS,you are never going to see the day YOU RETIRE,the end of america IS NOW ON THE HORIZON,you’ll be dam lucky, if your still alive in 5 years,THE russians and chinese have been promised everything in america including your children,AND THEY ARE HERE TO GET IT,so if you ain’t ready for a BLOODBATH of a WAR,you better get ready,YOUR OUT OF TIME,…………………..

  • rkb100100

    If your a smart doomsday prepper, you keep your mouth shut about it. These places bragged about on the internet and TV will be among the first ransacked.

    • P G

      There were Gold Strikes in Early California by the Ranch Hands chasing Cattle. They never talked about it except in their Diaries. Sutter’s Mill involved the first idiot who let the Cat out of the bag. Same thing here. Step one is don’t tell anybody about your plans.

  • Gay Veteran

    you forget that without the environmental movement that the U.S. environment would be like China’s

  • Dee

    Maybe if the rich read more about the French and Russian revolutions they wouldn’t have to fear the poor they have created.

  • Talk Radio58

    This is nothing new MJ was building one, but ran out of Money. They only get to keep their Ranches with Private Mausoleums, and Bunkers, as long as that Hollywood Cash keeps rolling in! So go to the Movies Plebes.

  • sanusi

    Get religion out of discussion/comments, please!

  • SATANS Friend

    I want to feel

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    And heres a message to GOVERNMENT IDIOTS,you are never going to see the
    day YOU RETIRE,the end of america IS NOW ON THE HORIZON,you’ll be dam
    lucky, if your still alive in 5 years,THE russians and chinese have been
    promised everything in america including your children,