Some films often feature a document, or a flash drive with a file, which is protected by an entire army of armed mercenaries. This is due to the importance of data and the consequences of its leakage, and in today’s world, secrecy and confidentiality are becoming rare. Moreover, fantasy secret hideouts and doomsday bunkers are also often featured in some thrillers and disaster films. Did you know that all this can exist in the real world, and the films are actually inspired by these real places in different parts of the world. This compilation contains the most protected places in the world where an ordinary civilian cannot set foot without strict permission (which is almost impossible to get!).
10. ADX Florence Prison
All those numerous prison break films can depict this prison, which is the tenth most secure place on this list. The facility is located in Colorado, USA, and is home to some of the worst and worst criminals. It has 1400 steel doors.
Each camera is under 24/7 automatic surveillance, with motion sensors and cameras on every door. Communication between prisoners is almost impossible. If the prisoner manages to somehow escape from the cell, he will be met by a razor-sharp fence 4 meters high, which is patrolled around the clock by guards and fighting dogs, not to mention huge watchtowers with searchlights and snipers ready to take the decisive shot. All visitors are carefully screened at several checkpoints throughout the territory.
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9 Mormon Archive
The church built a facility outside of Salt Lake, Utah. Approximately 2.4 million miles of microfilm are stored at the facility. The Secret Archive contains the family records and legacies of members of the entire church. It is protected by massive granite doors, armed guards and requires several codes to enter. Only members of the church are allowed to enter.
8. Iron Mountain
Iron Mountain is a data center in Western Pennsylvania, located 40 kilometers from Pittsburgh. From the side, it looks more like an impregnable fortress, surrounded by a fence with razor-sharp wire. The site was previously used as a mine, but currently hosts millions of data and storage servers. Warner Bros, the Smithsonian, and even the US government have file vaults in Iron Mountain. The files usually contain photographic negatives, original films, and valuable historical documents such as Edison’s light bulb patent.
7. Fort Knox
Fort Knox is a heavily fenced fort with many armed guards. The building contains thousands of tons of gold, the US gold reserves and several valuable historical documents, including the original Declaration of Independence. Even if an intruder manages to get through the fences and fool the guards, a 22-ton blast door will be waiting for him at the end of the path, hiding the main vault.
6. Guantanamo Bay
This naval base in Cuba has been functioning since 1903, although a number of attempts have already been made to close it. In 2002, the site became a camp for terrorists and prisoners of war from Iraq and Afghanistan. Prisoners are held indefinitely without trial and considered too dangerous to be released. Like other prisons, this facility is also heavily patrolled and surrounded by an electrified barbed wire fence. It is said that the approaches to Guantanamo Bay are also surrounded by an active minefield.
5. Tumen River
The Tumen River connects China, North Korea, and Russia, making it easy to navigate across borders. Most people who are tired of the atrocities of the North Korean regime have tried to escape towards China across the river, but most have failed because the coastline is guarded by the ruthless North Korean army. Refugees try to cross the border into China in the winter when the river freezes over, but the place is now one of the most heavily guarded places in the world.
4. Area 51
When compiling a list of the most protected places on the planet, it is impossible to pass by Area 51. This is an air force base in the Nevada desert, where no one can enter even out of curiosity. All kinds of conspiracy theories say that Area 51 is connected with extraterrestrial phenomena, UFOs and aliens, although the US government denies these rumors. Rumors that the area is a base for covert alien operations have only intensified over the decades. There is an opinion that the remains of alien bodies and the wreckage of spaceships are stored here for research, and also arrange biological experiments to modify weapons.
3. Svalbard Global Seed Vault
This is the most interesting vault, definitely worthy of all the security! Svalbard was opened in 2008 and is also known as the “Doomsday Vault”, which underlines its uniqueness and importance. It is located a few kilometers from the North Pole and was designed to store all kinds of seeds that currently exist on Earth.
The vault acts like a safe deposit box for “seeds”. The location of the complex itself serves as a layer of protection, since so far it has not been affected by numerous man-made and natural disasters, while the seed banks of the Philippines, Iraq and Afghanistan are completely destroyed. And anyway, who would think of going to the North Pole to steal a couple of seeds? The facility has a capacity of 4.5 million samples to be used in the event of a major natural disaster.
2 Wikileaks Bunker
Wikileaks still has a lot to offer, coming in at number two on this list of places with the highest level of protection. After the 2010 data breach disaster, wikileaks founder Julian Assange decided to move his servers to a safer location. He chose an abandoned nuclear bomb shelter in Sweden, which was a fairly safe choice. Hosted in the mountains, servers are located hundreds of meters underground in specially designed secure chambers. The object even has its own power source, which is able to provide power at any time of the day.
1. Board number one
Air Force One is currently a Boeing 747 aircraft owned by the US government. It has served as a personal aircraft and mobile command center for sitting U.S. presidents since President Roosevelt. The aircraft is equipped with numerous anti-attack systems, and also has protection against any electromagnetic effects. Only the President of the United States and persons personally invited by him can get on the plane. In the air, the AF1 is escorted by elite fighter pilots and refuelers, which allows the aircraft to stay in the air at all times.
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