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The Mystery Man Who Allegedly Helped Obama Get Into Harvard
Pajamas Media ^ | 8/27/08 | Richard Fernandez

Posted on 08/27/2008 5:45:33 PM PDT by pissant

Orthodox Islamic lecturer, Texas attorney, adviser to Saudi billionaires...who is Dr. Khalid Abdullah Tariq Al-Mansour?

Townhall links to a video in which civil rights activist Percy Sutton claimed he was asked by a certain “Dr. Khalid al Mansour”, supposed adviser to ‘one of the richest men in the world’, to write a letter of reccomendation on behalf of Barack Obama to help him gain acceptance to the Harvard Law Review many years ago. Mansour was raising money for Obama at the time,according to Sutton, a circumstance strange enough in itself. Townhall identifies the Mansour in question as a preacher from Islam Studios. A video purporting to show Dr. Mansour exemplifies his somewhat comical style of preaching. However, it seems at first glance that Townhall may have erred in its identification of the right Mansour for the Islamic preacher featured in the video seems unlikely to have been any kind of adviser to billionaries. A search on the Internet showed another Dr. Khalid Abdullah Tariq Al-Mansour’s whose biographical details fit the Sutton profile much better.

Dr. Khalid Abdullah Tario Al-Mansour is an internationally acknowledged advisor to Heads of State and business leaders in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and North America. He has been actively involved in structuring investments and joint ventures worldwide for over 35 years. Dr. Al-Mansour was also responsible for the Africa investment activities of Kingdom Holdings, Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal’s investment company. During his distinguished career, Dr. Al-Mansour has been a guest lecturer at Harvard University, Bombay University, Columbia University, UCLA, University of Kenya, London School of Economics and the University of Ghana.

In addition to Africa Venture Partners, Dr. Al-Mansour sits on the Boards of: Saudi African Bank; Kingdom Holdings, Africa; Multimedia Super Corridor (Malaysia); Space Tech Inc.; AmNet Corp. International; New Avenues Fund Ltd; United Bank for Africa; United Networks; and Landmark Entertainment.

Dr. Al-Mansour has authored 24 books and is listed in Who’s Who in the World; International Who’s Who in the Arab World; Two Thousand Men of Achievement; Royal Blue Book of London; World’s Who’s Who of Intellectuals and American Hall of Fame. Dr. Khalid Al-Mansour has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard University (Phi Beta Kappa) and Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of California at Berkeley.

This Mansour of Africa Ventures looks too good to be true. His accomplishments are so great and fame so limited that he appears to be the human equivalent of a Nigerian email scam? Yet he is apparently real. Another al-Mansour who may fit the bill is “Khalid Abdullah Tariq Al-Mansour of San Antonio, a black lawyer and orthodox Islamic lecturer”. Sutton mentioned that Al-Mansour was from Texas. This profile of the lawyer, said to be from 1996 AP piece suggestively coincides with Sutton’s recollection that Mansour was from Texas.

Sayyid M. Syeed, secretary-general of the Indiana-based Islamic Society of North America, cites higher numbers. He estimates blacks comprise half of the nation’s 8 million Muslims, with members of the vocal and controversial Nation of Islam — perhaps the best-known group of Muslim blacks — constituting a small minority. It’s growing. There’s no question it’s growing,” says Khalid Abdullah Tariq Al-Mansour of San Antonio, a black lawyer and orthodox Islamic lecturer. More and more inner-city Islamic centers are emerging,” Syeed says. “That’s a new phenomenon.”

Are they the same man? This link from Par Excellance, suggests that Al-Mansour and the preacher shown on the Townhall video unlikely as it may seem, may be the same person. The Mansour described in Par Excellance matches the profile in Africa Ventures and has the same face as the Muslim preacher in the video. If so, then this list of his lectures, distributed from the Halalco Supermarket at Falls Church, VA, is a strange one indeed. This would raise almost as many questions as it answers. This video bio of Mansour leaves no doubt that he claims to be a lawyer is the preacher and the man described in the Africa Ventures site.

I wonder if the readers can shed any additional light on this matter. Knowing someone at the right hand of very rich men is a great thing when you’re looking for entry into law school. Sutton took Mansour’s advice, whoever he was, and wrote Harvard saying there was a “genius” who would soon be available to them. And the rest is nearly history.

PJM editor Allison Kaplan Sommer noticed that Dr. Khalid al-Mansour (picture shown here) is also into Pyramid Power Products! It sells whole food products good for all 60 trillion cells in your body. I’m beginning to wonder how much of Percy Sutton’s recollections about Dr. Khalid al-Mansour come from the same universe that you and I inhabit. The whole scenario is a few teeth short of set of dentures. So readers … your wisdom please.

Update:

Sutton is ambiguous about whether the recommendation he was solicited for referred to his admission to Harvard or the Law Review. Townhall quotes Sutton as “I was introduced to him by a friend who was raising money for him and the friends name was Dr. Khalid al Mansour from Texas. He is the principle adviser to one of the world’s richest men. He told me about Obama. He wrote to me about him and his introduction was ‘there is a young man that has applied to Harvard and I know that you have a few friends left there becasue you used to go up there to speak, would you please write a letter in support of him?’…I wrote a letter in support of him to my friends at Harvard saying ot them I thought there was a genius that was going to be available and I sure hoped they would treat him kindly.” But if you listen carefully to the Sutton video itself, acceptance into the Law Review is also mentioned. My guess is that Sutton’s recollection is poor on the point.

Nobody is accusing Barack Obama of anything. What I am trying to figure out is whether Sutton’s story is plausible, and if so, who the Khalid Mansour referred to in the recollection refers to. It seemed astounding that the Muslim preacher in the Townhall video should be a man of such international influence. But just now, Allison Kaplan Sommer sent me a link to a 1981 US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals case between a Union and OPEC. Guess who one of the lawyers for OPEC is? Mansour. But this is ludicrous, or at least bizzarre. I don’t want to chase conspiracy theories here, just the opposite. There are just two questions in my mind. Did a Khalid al-Mansour request Sutton to help BHO get into Harvard or the Law Review? Second, who is Khalid al-Mansour? I’m not sure BHO has anything to do with it, except as a person referred to in Sutton’s recollection.

INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS AND AEROSPACE WORKERS, (IAM), an association, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. The ORGANIZATION OF the PETROLEUM EXPORTING COUNTRIES (OPEC); the Democratic and Popular Republic of Algeria (Algeria); the Republic of Ecuador (Ecuador); the Gabonese Republic (Gabon); Republic of Indonesia (Indonesia); Imperial Government of Iran (Iran); Republic of Iraq (Iraq); State of Kuwait (Kuwait); Libyan Arab Republic (Libya); Federal Republic of Nigeria (Nigeria); State of Qatar (Qatar); Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Saudi Arabia); State of United Arab Emirates, (United Arab Emirates); and the Republic of Venezuela (Venezuela), Defendants-Appellees.

James H. Davis, Los Angeles, Cal., for plaintiff-appellant. Antonin Scalia, Chicago, Ill., Khalid Abdullah Tariq Al Mansour, San Francisco, Cal., for defendants-appellees. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Richard I. Fine, amicus curiae per se. Before CHOY and NELSON, Circuit Judges, and SPEARS,* District Judge. CHOY, Circuit Judge:


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption
KEYWORDS: 2008; arabworld; barackobama; election; electionpresident; elections; harvard; islam; khalidalmansour; larrysinclairslover; mohammedanism; obama; obamatruthfile; terrorism
Another Obama mystery man?
1 posted on 08/27/2008 5:45:33 PM PDT by pissant
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To: Calpernia; Jeff Head; SE Mom

A rabbit hole or legit?


2 posted on 08/27/2008 5:51:20 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant; Fred Nerks; LucyT; Beckwith; F15Eagle; forkinsocket; Calpernia; george76
Thanks for this pissant. Yaknow, Obama's associates just get stranger and stranger.

PING on another bit of interesting Obanewsma.

3 posted on 08/27/2008 5:51:50 PM PDT by Candor7 (Fascism? All it takes is for good men to say nothing, (Ridicule Obama))
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To: pissant

Bump....


4 posted on 08/27/2008 5:52:18 PM PDT by river rat (Semper Fi - You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: pissant

I think it’s got some legs- Atlas has a piece up on it as well- check it out.


5 posted on 08/27/2008 5:54:01 PM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: pissant

Barry has quite a circle of friends. He in no way would get a security clearance with his associations. Yet there are many people who well be voting for this clown.


6 posted on 08/27/2008 5:56:15 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: pissant

Would a Muslim recommend a non-Muslim to Harvard?

Just asking.


7 posted on 08/27/2008 5:56:48 PM PDT by Mrs.Z ("...you're a Democrat. You're expected to complain and offer no solutions." Denny Crane)
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To: pissant
It's good to see that people of influence are willing to write letters of recommendation to Harvard for people they hardly know.
8 posted on 08/27/2008 5:57:53 PM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: pissant
If Scalia is a second lawyer working with him, ask Scalia.
9 posted on 08/27/2008 5:59:34 PM PDT by JasonC
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To: pissant

Good grief, I am starting to get weirded out by this guy, how are we supposed to know for sure that he is loyal to the US?


10 posted on 08/27/2008 5:59:41 PM PDT by roses of sharon ((Who sent Barack Hussein Obama?))
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To: roses of sharon

don’t get weirded out, just know he isn’t and vote accordingly.


11 posted on 08/27/2008 6:06:43 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: pissant

Dr Khalid Abdullah Al-Mansour

Good Anti-Obama fodder.

http://www.world-hi.com/AAPressHome.html

” The First Africa Arabian Press “

It is our hope that this site will provide education, information and insights on a wide spectrum of stimulating and thought provoking subjects, with a respectful and caring focus on all things African. As you can see from our logo, we have a different view of Africa than the prevailing view. When Europeans visited that part of the world, they called the Arabian Peninsula the “Middle East”. We call it North East Africa as is obviously dictated by geographical reality.

Another non-traditional feature is that with the exception of Christianity, Islam and the African Race, all titles published by the First African Arabian Press are written by the internationally acclaimed lecturer, author and businessman, Dr. Khalid Abdullah Tariq Al-Mansour. Although new titles have not been published since Lost Books of Africa — We Charge Genocide in 1995, Dr. Al-Mansour continues to write a book every year during the Holy Month of Ramadan. It is expected that the ten unpublished titles he has penned during the interim will be available for downloading from the Internet by the latter part of 2007 in e-book format.


12 posted on 08/27/2008 6:19:14 PM PDT by Candor7 (Fascism? All it takes is for good men to say nothing, (Ridicule Obama))
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To: pissant

HHHMMMMMMMMMMM.....


13 posted on 08/27/2008 6:28:42 PM PDT by goodnesswins (To be a Liberal.....is to be a bit loony)
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To: neverdem

This is interesting......


14 posted on 08/27/2008 6:32:48 PM PDT by Chgogal (Voting "Present" 130 times might be a sign of a smart politician. It is not a sign of a good leader.)
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To: pissant

Big difference in account of “acceptance to Harvard Law Review” (top and bottom of article) and “Harvard law School” in the middle. You don’t get on law review with letters of recc. You might get helped in getting in to Law School. Which is the straight story as to the claim??


15 posted on 08/27/2008 6:37:28 PM PDT by BohDaThone
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To: pissant
Sounds like Dr. Al-Mansour may possibly be in the sites of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
16 posted on 08/27/2008 7:09:33 PM PDT by Calpernia (Hunters Rangers - Raising the Bar of Integrity http://www.barofintegrity.us)
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To: Chgogal
Another Radical Obama Association? [MUST READ]

Thank you.

17 posted on 08/27/2008 7:16:44 PM PDT by neverdem (I'm praying for a Divine Intervention.)
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To: Mrs.Z

Harvard received a foundation grant to implement an Islamic Heritage Project. That grant was issued by Saudi Prince Al-Waleed. Dr. Khalid al Mansour was also responsible for a number of the Prince’s investments.


18 posted on 08/27/2008 7:18:14 PM PDT by Calpernia (Hunters Rangers - Raising the Bar of Integrity http://www.barofintegrity.us)
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To: Calpernia; SE Mom

Wow, this guy gets around, eh?

From Atlas Shrugs:

http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2008/08/obamas-benefact.html

UPDATE: Richard Fernandez just tracked down the video promo on this dvd, Will the West Rule Forever? and his books. Please, check out the titles:

Americans Beware! The Zionist Plot Agnst.S.Arabia

Cultural Dynamism In The 21st Century

Laws Without Justice

PC Vs TV - Can America Be Saved?

Strains Of Modern Marriage

The Challenges Of Spreading Islam In America

The Destruction Of Western Civilization

The Pentecostals: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

The Reflections Of An African Arabian In Captivity

Welcome To Islam


19 posted on 08/27/2008 7:19:04 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant
I wonder if Obama received a recommendation for the scholarship that came with this Islamic Studies Program?

Dr. Al-Mansour and Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal’s grant funded a number of scholarships with that Project.

20 posted on 08/27/2008 7:23:56 PM PDT by Calpernia (Hunters Rangers - Raising the Bar of Integrity http://www.barofintegrity.us)
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To: pissant

21 posted on 08/27/2008 7:31:10 PM PDT by fanfan (SCC:Canadians have constitutional protection to all opinions, as long as they are based on the facts)
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To: roses of sharon
Good grief, I am starting to get weirded out by this guy, how are we supposed to know for sure that he is loyal to the US?

No offence RoS, I really like your posts, but are you saying that you are just starting to understand what Obama is?

I see you here all the time, and just now you are wondering if he is loyal?

Come on...you forgot your sarc tag, right?

;-D

22 posted on 08/27/2008 7:35:32 PM PDT by fanfan (SCC:Canadians have constitutional protection to all opinions, as long as they are based on the facts)
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To: pissant
I dislike Obama as much as anyone here but the title on the thread title is misleading; the assistance was for getting onto Harvard Law Review, not Harvard University. Both are impropert but one is far worse than the other.
23 posted on 08/27/2008 8:15:41 PM PDT by JBGUSA (If it's us or them, I choose us.)
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To: JBGUSA

Why would a radical arab recommend Obama for ANYTHING?


24 posted on 08/27/2008 8:25:34 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: fanfan
Your right, that post didn't sound right, sorry. I just meant he is getting creepier and creepier with each decision he makes.

Frightening that we have no serious media to vet him to the public.

25 posted on 08/27/2008 8:49:04 PM PDT by roses of sharon ((Who sent Barack Hussein Obama?))
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To: roses of sharon; pissant

“Frightening that we have no serious media to vet him to the public”

Yup - my biggest concern too. I keep asking around for the best venue to listen/learn and conceivable work with, in order to get info to average voters. I’m a near rookie w/r to internet interconnections and information dissimination but I am a persistent researcher of info on topics of engineering, business, economics and politics - much to the befuddlement and consternation of my girlfriend.


26 posted on 08/27/2008 9:54:24 PM PDT by bossmechanic (If all else fails, hit it with a hammer)
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To: bossmechanic
LOL, its addicting I know!

But any research you do is worth it, kind of like working for your nation.....doing what you can to get info to other Americans, since our US media is completely corrupt.

Any research and tidbits you post on FR WILL get around, I have seen things posted that are reported in major mags a week later. Search other blogs too. Some have good info that will get wide viewing on FR.

Reporters who are interested, and other bloggers come here all the time, just ck the amount of “views” a certain thread gets in a day.

Thanks goodness for FR!

27 posted on 08/27/2008 10:10:35 PM PDT by roses of sharon ((Who sent Barack Hussein Obama?))
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To: pissant

This should be tracked down further — it’s also garbage to solicit letters of recommendation FROM PEOPLE WHO DON’T EVEN KNOW THE DAMNED CANDIDATE!!!!! What business does someone have writing about a candidate they don’t know, just b/c some hack asks them to do so?


28 posted on 08/27/2008 10:18:07 PM PDT by Enchante (Obama-cons: Trying to fool America, one media dupe at a time!)
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To: L.N. Smithee

Was Obama supporter Percy Sutton just making this up?


29 posted on 08/28/2008 8:43:08 AM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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