[T] SoCal Raids, Foreclosure Crisis and White Supremacists

Some are hinting at connections between white supremacists and the foreclosure crisis in today’s massive police/FBI raids in southern California. The region around Hemet, California, saw early morning raids today involving more than 200 law enforcement officials.

The tensions in the area began with a series of booby-traps directed at police officers on an anti-gang task force in foreclosure-whacked Hemet, a rural area south of Riverside County. The raids were intended to find who was behind the traps, some which had the potential to cause multiple deaths from redirected gas lines, weapon triggers, etc.

Here is an AP story hinting at a foreclosure connection:

The Southern California homes of dozens of white supremacists were raided Tuesday as part of a probe into a string of potentially deadly booby trap attacks targeting police officers, authorities said.

Federal and local officers converged on 35 homes and took 16 people into custody in Riverside County for a variety of crimes, including weapons, narcotics and parole violations, Hemet police Capt. Dave Brown said.

…Tuesday’s raids started before dawn and lasted throughout the morning. Most of the homes were in Hemet and the surrounding San Jacinto Valley, about 90 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

Historically a rural retirement community, Hemet saw rapid growth during the real estate boom but has since been ravaged by the foreclosure crisis.