Barack Obama was closely associated as early as age 25 to a key adviser to a Wahhabite billionaire member of the Saudi royal family, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who has financed organizations in the U.S. which have been linked to terrorism.
In a videotaped interview in 2008 on New York's all news cable channel NY1, Percy Sutton, the former Borough President of Manhattan, revealed the unusual circumstances about his first encounter with the young Obama. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EcC0QAd0Ug&feature=related]
"I was introduced to (Obama) by a friend who was raising money for him," Sutton told NY1 City Hall reporter Dominic Carter. "The friend's name is Dr. Khalid al-Mansour, from Texas," Sutton said. "He is the principal adviser to one of the world's richest men. He told me about Obama."
Sutton, the founder of Inner City Broadcasting, said al-Mansour contacted him to ask a favor: Would Sutton write a letter in support of Obama's application to Harvard Law School?
Sutton said he acted on his friend al-Mansour's advice.
A graduate of Howard University with a law degree from the University of California, al-Mansour sits on numerous corporate boards, including the Saudi African Bank and Chicago-based LaGray Chemical Co. LaGray, which was formed to do business in Africa.
In the 1960s, when he founded the African American Association in the San Francisco Bay area, he was known as Donald Warden. According to the Social Activism Project at the University of California at Berkley, Donald Warden, a.k.a. Khalid al-Mansour, was the mentor of Black Panther Party founder Huey Newton and his cohort, Bobby Seale.
At the time Percy Sutton, a former business partner of al-Mansour, says he was raising money for Obama's graduate school education, al-Mansour was representing top members of the Saudi Royal Family seeking to do business and exert influence in the United States.
In 1989, for example, just one year after Obama entered Harvard Law School, the Los Angeles Times reported that al-Mansour was advising Saudi billionaires Abdul Aziz and Khalid al-Ibrahim, nephew of King Fahd, in their secret effort to acquire a major stake in prime oceanfront property in Marina del Rey, California.
At the same time, he was the senior advisor to Prince Alwaleed bin Talal in his U.S. investments, and was on the board of his premier investment vehicle, Kingdom Holdings.
Prince Alwaleed, now 57, is the nephew of Saudi King Abdullah. He owns large chunks of Citigroup and News Corp., the holding company that controls Fox News.
He is best known in the United States for his offer to donate $10 million to help rebuild downtown Manhattan after the 9/11 attacks. But after the Prince made a public comment suggesting that U.S. policies had contributed to causing the attacks, Mayor Rudy Giuliani handed back his check.
Since then, Prince Alwaleed's Kingdom Foundation has given millions of dollars to Muslim charities in the United States, including several whose leaders have been indicted on terrorism-related charges in Federal courts.
Kingdom Foundation director Muna Abu Sulayman is the daughter of Dr. Abdul Hamid Abu Sulayman who is currently Chairman of the Board and trustee of International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) and its former president and founding member. IIIT was founded in the U.S. in 1980 by the Muslim Brotherhood. IIIT was associated with the now-defunct SAAR Foundation, a network of Islamic organizations located in Northern Virginia that was raided by the Federal government in 2003 in connection with the financing of terrorism.
In May 2007, the U.S. filed an action against the Holy Land Foundation (the largest Muslim charity in the United States at the time) for providing funds to Hamas, and Federal prosecutors filed pleadings. Along with 300 other organizations, they listed CAIR and the Islamic Society of North America (largest Muslim umbrella organization in the United States), as unindicted co-conspirators,
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has financed both the Islamic Society of North America and CAIR.