Allen West Spokeswoman Angela Sachitano Accused in Lawsuit of Making Illegal Recordings

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U.S. Rep. Allen West's press secretary is being accused of illegally recording someone - again.

Former WPTV-Channel 5 reporter Angela Sachitano, one of three directors on West's 15-member congressional staff, is named as defendant in a lawsuit brought by a former vice president at the Boca-based Sunbeam Corp. The suit also names the television station and an ex-girlfriend.

Alex DiMusto, 43, claims in his filing that ex-squeeze  Deborah Riley, a secretary he dated for two months in 2009, engaged in a campaign to harm his businesses, including rental apartment complexes, after their breakup.

And Sachitano used Riley as a source for a February sweeps news segment accusing DiMusto of cyber-stalking Riley.

In the punitive damages action brought last month in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, Dimusto claims Sachitano and the NBC affiliate violated the federal security in communications act by tape-recording her conversation with DiMusto without his permission. DiMusto also alleges Sachitano "intercepted, disclosed or used" DiMusto's private telephone conversations with Riley without seeking his permission, the lawsuit reads.

The station broadcast DiMusto's voice on the air and online in February 2010. The lawsuit also claims defamation and invasion of privacy, among six counts that also includes tortious interference and invasion of privacy.

"I'm not worried," Sachitano said. The story was supposed to become a series about cyber-stalking, she said, but the relationship between DiMusto and Riley was so poisoned that the station dropped the idea.

"That guy [DiMusto] is playing the system. He's just trying to make some money. He knows very well he wasn't taped secretly. We tested the mike right in front of him. He and his lawyer must have read the past story about my thing with the cops."

This is the second time that Sachitano's name pops up in allegations of illegal recordings. Sachitano reportedly quit her TV job in November after West Palm Beach city officials accused her of wiring up an aggrieved mother and taping her conversation inside police headquarters with detectives looking for her missing son. The cops believed they were having a private conversation with the woman but then unexpectedly heard excerpts of it on the tube that night.
Sachitano's three-year history at Channel 5 also included a suspension for her not disclosing to her managers that she acted as a TV consultant to West while covering his campaign in early 2010.

When the controversial Tea Party-sanctioned, ex-U.S. Army Lt. Col. West beat incumbent Ron Klein, he hired Sachitano as communications director. She is his liaison with the media nationally and in South Florida.

DiMusto's attorney, Andrew Teschner, has requested mounts of potentially embarrassing documents from Sachitano and the station. He asked for all of Sachitano's reporting on the Klein-West campaign and any communication with law enforcement entities regarding Sachitano's recording of police officers.

Channel 5 officials, who don't comment on pending litigation, wiped Sachitano's story on DiMusto from its website, but this link remains active. Here's an excerpt:

"Florida resident Deborah Riley hasn't been able to find a job in months. Google her name and she understands why.
Log on to deborahkayriley.com and a website dedicated completely to trashing her reputation appears.
Comments like 'she is on cocaine and crystal meth' and 'sleeps with anyone on the first date.'
This is only a small part of what Riley's ex boyfriend, Alex DiMusto, is accused of writing on the site. "I feel violated and hopeless," Riley said. "It seems like there is nothing in place to protect the victim."
We got in touch with Dimusto over the phone today. When asked if he created the site, Dimusto answered, "I did not but I might know someone who did."

According to county records, there's little doubt that something went wrong when Riley and DiMusto dated. Between the two of them, they've filed for domestic violence injunctions a total four times in four months in 2010. Records show all requests were denied, mostly for insufficient evidence.

In his lawsuit, DiMusto says Sachitano and Channel 5 allowed Riley to spread what he calls lies about him: That he physically assaulted Riley; that he is a convicted con man; that he's wanted by police; and that he threatened Riley to "put her in a dark place where nobody would find her."

Although no records show DiMusto was convicted in criminal cases in Palm Beach County, he claims Sachitano's story caused his businesses to suffer. He claims the story took a physical toll on him as well and cites a litany of ailments, including anxiety, depression, ulcers, hair and weight and sleep loss, and the fear to leave his home for two months.
"That guy is crazy," Sachitano said.


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James2456
James2456

It's obvious most of the comments on here are from the same person---The very person that is ticked off because Sachitano reported on him doing...you got it...ruining someones reputation on the internet.  Now he's trying to do the same thing to her.  The facts are that this case was thrown out by a judge a long time back.

gregg h
gregg h

Angela Sachitano wouldn’t comment and referred questions to WPTV News Director Jeff Brogan.Said Brogan: “Through her husband Angela has a personal friendship with Allen West. While we have reason to believe that relationship has negatively impacted her work as a journalist we did find her involvement with this campaign inconsistent with our policy.

Doral305
Doral305

ANGELA SACHITANO is ANGELA MELVIN

Public Records recently filed show that Angela Sachitano, press manager for Allen West has changed her name...wonder why? BUSTED!!!!!  Covering her tracks? Moonlighting for Allen West while reporting for Scripps on the election sounds like something that the election people in Palm Beach County should take a closer look at...

Our records indicate she's done a good job of burning out her husband's last name, illegal recordings and a pending law suit for slander and invasion of privacy and illegal recording AGAIN! Now Angela Sachitano wants a clean slate with her maiden name to avoid the future financial investigation into campaign irregularities at the Allen West buy-my-way-into the news by giving money to my old army buddy under the table?? Tisk Tisk. 

Angela Melvin is Angela Sachitano wife of Joseph Sachitano, ex-Army cohort of the infamously idiotic Allen West!  Joseph Sachitano and Allen West were very close and Angela Melvin Sachitano worked, no volunteered for Allen West's campaign since 2007 when she was also employed at Scripps News! Unbiased reporting at its best, please! According to West's financials, Sachitano only started getting paid in 2011 but claimmed to work fdor West since 2007 on her resume posted on hr website which is no conveniently "down".

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TV reporter’s advice to GOP candidate West draws heatby George Bennett | May 14th, 2010 A WPTV Channel 5 reporter’s advice to Republican congressional candidate Allen West on his TV appearances has been deemed “inconsistent” with station policy and drawn fire from the campaign of U.S. Rep. Ron Klein, D-Boca Raton. Klein supporters were alarmed recently when they saw a YouTube video of an event in which West introduced WPTV reporter Angela Sachitano and said she “does our media relations.”Sachitano has no formal role with the West campaign, but she and her husband are friends with the candidate, West campaign manager Josh Grodin said. West said in an e-mail that Sachitano “provides me insights into how to improve my media appearance/presence and conduct of interviews.”Sachitano has covered a handful of stories involving Klein and West, including a recent report on the political ramifications of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.When West opened his campaign headquarters in Deerfield Beach last month, a video posted on YouTube showed him introducing a variety of campaign staffers and volunteers, including Sachitano.“Angela Sachitano, who does our media relations, has done such a great job in helping me to develop that presence, so that when I go on MSNBC, you notice I didn’t smile with those folks, because you have to know how to project the right type of presence, so Angela thank you,” West says in the clip.West, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, said later that Sachitano’s husband, a former Army captian, was an early volunteer on West’s losing 2008 campaign against Klein.Angela Sachitano wouldn’t comment and referred questions to WPTV News Director Jeff Brogan.Said Brogan: “Through her husband Angela has a personal friendship with Allen West. While we have reason to believe that relationship has negatively impacted her work as a journalist we did find her involvement with this campaign inconsistent with our policy. We’ve taken the appropriate action to address the situation.”Brogan’s statement didn’t elaborate on the “appropriate action.”Klein campaign spokeswoman Sarah Rothschild blasted West.“To have a high profile member of the media personally advising Allen West, while that individual is also simultaneously reporting on the campaign, is beyond what is acceptable. Of course, unethical behavior from Allen West and his campaign is becoming the norm. South Florida residents deserve fair and unbiased coverage of the news and West is trying to undermine that.”

Sachitanoisanidiot
Sachitanoisanidiot

TV reporter’s advice to GOP candidate West draws heatby George Bennett | May 14th, 2010 A WPTV Channel 5 reporter’s advice to Republican congressional candidate Allen West on his TV appearances has been deemed “inconsistent” with station policy and drawn fire from the campaign of U.S. Rep. Ron Klein, D-Boca Raton. Klein supporters were alarmed recently when they saw a YouTube video of an event in which West introduced WPTV reporter Angela Sachitano and said she “does our media relations.”Sachitano has no formal role with the West campaign, but she and her husband are friends with the candidate, West campaign manager Josh Grodin said. West said in an e-mail that Sachitano “provides me insights into how to improve my media appearance/presence and conduct of interviews.”Sachitano has covered a handful of stories involving Klein and West, including a recent report on the political ramifications of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.When West opened his campaign headquarters in Deerfield Beach last month, a video posted on YouTube showed him introducing a variety of campaign staffers and volunteers, including Sachitano.“Angela Sachitano, who does our media relations, has done such a great job in helping me to develop that presence, so that when I go on MSNBC, you notice I didn’t smile with those folks, because you have to know how to project the right type of presence, so Angela thank you,” West says in the clip.West, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, said later that Sachitano’s husband, a former Army captian, was an early volunteer on West’s losing 2008 campaign against Klein.Angela Sachitano wouldn’t comment and referred questions to WPTV News Director Jeff Brogan.Said Brogan: “Through her husband Angela has a personal friendship with Allen West. While we have reason to believe that relationship has negatively impacted her work as a journalist we did find her involvement with this campaign inconsistent with our policy. We’ve taken the appropriate action to address the situation.”Brogan’s statement didn’t elaborate on the “appropriate action.”Klein campaign spokeswoman Sarah Rothschild blasted West.“To have a high profile member of the media personally advising Allen West, while that individual is also simultaneously reporting on the campaign, is beyond what is acceptable. Of course, unethical behavior from Allen West and his campaign is becoming the norm. South Florida residents deserve fair and unbiased coverage of the news and West is trying to undermine that.”

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Politicsasusual
Politicsasusual

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Urbusted
Urbusted

She's crazy and stupid and she should get her checkbook out! :-)

westsux
westsux

Allen West - Done in 2012W.A.W. - Women Against West will be the end of bitchboy

Mutilfot
Mutilfot

Is this really an actual quote from a spokesperson? She really said that? That seems unprofessional to me on its own, much less all the other stuff. Loose lips sink ships...

westsux
westsux

Agreed! She sounds like a rookie! What person in politics would talk so loose lipped like that... oh wait...

Wiltonmanors
Wiltonmanors

Apparently Rep. Allen West can't keep around an intern that's friendly with the gays.

Roll Call is reporting that West's unnamed male intern who retweeted a Twitter post from the gay-themed New York band Scissor Sisters that was originally discovered by New Times.

West was reportedly with his staff in Fort Lauderdale while the interns were running the show at his office in Washington, D.C.

Here's the original tweet -- which was quickly deleted from Rep. West's page -- signed by the band's lead singer, "Ana Matronic," making reference to comedian Tracy Morgan's antigay rant during a show in Nashville, Tennessee, a couple of weeks ago:

​The West camp quickly issued a tweet apologizing for being gay-friendly the mistake before deleting the retraction too.​To make things worse for West and his intern, Scissor Sisters then sent out a tweet to their 76,000-plus followers, thanking the congressman for his support with a link to the New Times story.​Happy trails, intern.

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Optional: Login below. Post as … Showing 4 comments Sort by Popular now Best rating Newest first Oldest first   Subscribe by email   Subscribe by RSS Real-time updating is enabled. (Pause)0 new comment was just posted. Show Chaz Stevens, Genius 1 hour ago Didn't Mitt Romney just launch his Presidential Campaign?   He's probably hiring and if my religio-technology is correct, Mormons don't like 'em types of peoples. Flag Like ReplyReply

anonymous 1 hour ago The intern should have been sacked.  Who authorized him/her to retweet anything for Congressman West.  West is NOT anti-gay.  I know for a fact. Flag Like ReplyReply

nanook5 1 hour ago in reply to anonymous then why does he think gays in the military have to hide it? Flag Like ReplyReply

nanook5 19 minutes ago in reply to anonymous oh and if you think that when you're reading social media posts from your hate-filled politician that they actually come up with that crap, than i feel sad for you. 99% of the crap you read or hear from a "politician" is churned up by an unpaid intern while they do what they do best: take checks from multinational or foreign corporations and religious groups. Flag Like ReplyReply

then why does he think gays in the military have to hide it?anonymousThe intern should have been sacked.  Who authorized him/her to retweet anything for Congressman West.  West is NOT anti-gay.  I know for a fact.   Didn't Mitt Romney just launch his Presidential Campaign?   He's probably hiring and if my religio-technology is correct, Mormons don't like 'em types of peoples.anonymousThe intern should have been sacked.  Who authorized him/her to retweet anything for Congressman West.  West is NOT anti-gay.  I know for a fact.   Didn't Mitt Romney just launch his Presidential Campaign?   He's probably hiring and if my religio-technology is correct, Mormons don't like 'em types of peoples.

My Rep is an Ass
My Rep is an Ass

You would think someone who has such a hard time watching what he says would be more careful about who he hires to be a spokesperson. No wonder West has yet to learn to temper his rhetoric if he has hired this woman as his press secretary.Why does West choose to surround himself with all the crazies?Guess they are the only ones who will follow him.

westsux
westsux

His Army buddy is her husband. They "served" together... I think there is a story from that episode in West's life as well. He is a story waiting to happen, none of them good.West is, as you say, an ass, in my opinion.

Pbestate
Pbestate

I'd worry if I were Sachitano. Her online resume says she has been working for West since 2007, that's not rioght as she was reporting tfor Scripps. Her history of ethical line bending is long.  I like West, but Sachitano is a liability for his campaign.Can't wait to see if she actually taped him or not. I bet she did her history is shady... and I think thats a felony in Florida. The woman in the story sounds liked a scorned lover... I think this poor guy has every right to fight to clear his name, which is what he is doing. If she illegally taped him... she's going to look very bad...  almost CRAZY!

Viper07
Viper07

I think Angela Sachitano is very unethical. I have been keeping track of this little piece of work. She should not have been covering Klein when she worked for Scripps at Channel 5 news. I cannot believe they allowed this to happen after they knew about it. The coverage was skewed in my opinion and could have affected the outcome of the election. I thought newsgathering and reporting was objective. What is going on here? Can't wait to see what comes out in court. If she was getting paid by West's campaign...look for trouble. As far as Scripps, tisk tisk, just another ethical gaff, what a station. Who runs that E-rag?

Sr. Broward
Sr. Broward

Mrs. Sachitano's online resume shows she was working for Allen West Since 2007? How is that possible, or wait, maybe she never checked the crazy lady's story out because she was too busy moonlighting on a campaign when she was covering his opposition. I see ethical issues with this reporter... and West!

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

It's a false choice fallacy...

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Patriotism is defined, by dictionary.com, as “devoted love, support, and defense of one’s country; national loyalty.”

That’s it; that’s all there is to the definition of patriotism. There is no sub-clause in that definition stating that a patriot must support the troops in the exact same fashion as the vocal majority or minority. There is no clause that demands a patriot must be Republican or any other political party. In fact, the definition says “love of country” - not of government or policies or leaders or figureheads.

The calls to action within the definition of patriotism are simple; support, love, and defend your country. The greatest truths are often deceivingly simple and elegant – and usually worthless as a result. Just so with the definition of patriotism. It’s so simple that countless possible definitions could be applied. Thus it becomes meaningless at any level except the highest.

It’s as simple as supporting, loving, and defending my country. And as complex as that.

Since patriotism is such an open-ended and subjective concept, we must, all of us, decide what it means and how to best act upon it. You, me, your co-worker, your spouse, your siblings, your friends; we must all decide for ourselves what patriotism really is and how (and if) to act upon it.

How do most Americans, the teeming masses, define patriotism? Typically they choose the path of least resistance and define it the same way everyone around them does. That’s a dangerous and troubling realization if you stop to consider it. People don’t consciously define patriotism: they blindly follow the mob within which they find themselves.

I’ve ranted and railed about how the average man or woman on the street displays an astounding lack of critical thinking skills in my blogs. I’ve agonized over the split between science and religion. I’ve decried the use of pseudoscience to gain false validity for decidedly non-scientific disciplines. I encourage debate and differing opinions on my blog and on Facebook. But I was never called unpatriotic – until just recently.

There is a wave of patriotism devoid of critical thought sweeping this nation. Blind patriotism. It revolves around the United States military and the troops who put their lives on the line. It’s all over the social networks and I’m sure you’ve seen the messages floating around, virally growing and feeding as people blindly agree and forward on to others. The most common message, now seen on bumper stickers as well, is “If you don’t stand behind our troops, stand in front of them.”

There is no room for discussion about these messages and viral \ emails. There is no latitude to define how (or if) you support the troops. You can’t comment that you don’t support the reasons, the government rationalizations, that put our young men and women in danger. You either support the troops or you do not. There is no middle ground. That, people, is a False Choice Fallacy.

The false choice is that if you don’t support the troops (or at least appear to) in exactly the same fashion as everyone else, you are unpatriotic. I learned that lesson and was labeled unpatriotic when I tried to leverage my critical thinking skills in a debate on Facebook. I had the gall to ask the participants for specifics, for clarification, for facts. I had the nerve to break from the herd and speak out. I didn’t just blindly accept the viral and trite messages being bandied about.

This was all in reference to the proposed 1.4% pay increase for troops in Obama’s budget; the lowest troop budget increase in recent years. And yet, it aligns perfectly with the national growth in the private sector, as reported by the Army Times.

I simply asked, “In a time of recession shouldn’t that be enough?” I pointed out the fact that 1.4% was small, but millions of Americans who don’t have housing guarantees like soldiers do, don’t have basic allowance for quarters, don’t have stipends for children, and don’t have guaranteed health care are also only averaging 1.4% (if they even have a job).

When the initial outrage grew over my questions, the participants began inferring that the troops deserve more simply by virtue of being soldiers. I pointed out that the bulk of our soldiers do not join for purely altruistic or patriotic reasons, but for the benefits and education they receive. These help them get a fast track on career and life. We don’t have compulsory service in the United States and serving is a job choice. Admittedly, it’s a job that can be highly dangerous; just as statistically a trash man holds one of the most dangerous job in America. I respect our soldiers. I support them – but I do not blindly give them entitlements just because they are soldiers working a job they chose to accept. I try to make sure my support can stand on the legs of logic – otherwise it doesn’t have any legs at all. The soldiers who fight for my freedoms deserve no less from me.

Those statements caused quite an uproar. You would have thought I was Osama Bin Laden, Hitler, and the Anti-Christ all rolled into one. I was attacked, told I had put my foot in my mouth, and it was suggested that the only reason I can even have such a “shitty” opinion is because of the soldiers who fight for my “ungrateful ass”. (which isn’t true at all; people in suppressed societies have opinions all the time – but it can be dangerous to express them)

I realized immediately that most people aren’t patriots; they are followers. Patriotism is like religion; you’re supposed to do it like everyone else and not question it. I’ve never been good at that.

People in the thread started pulling out “personal credentials” to impress upon me how firmly entrenched their patriotism is. They had relatives who had fought in three wars. They were married to a soldier. They had served three tours in Iraq or Afghanistan. They berated me and told me they felt sorry for me, but they supposed that even someone like myself deserves the right to an opinion.

I, too, have “credentials,” but they don’t mean much when it comes to defining personal patriotism. I grew up a Navy brat, moving all over the country my entire childhood as my father was stationed in different places. My brother served as a US Marine. My brother-in-law is a Commander in the Navy. My grandfather on my mom’s side fought in the Pacific in WWII. My grandfather on my father’s side was a POW for months in WWI, received the Purple Heart, and was actually knighted by the French government for his valor in the Battle of the Bulge. My best friend is currently halfway across the world in Dubai – a Navy diver who holds the extremely dangerous job of looking for mines attached to ships or mines floating in the harbor. I, personally, spend 40+ hours a week as a consultant for the Army National Guard; I am an IT contractor in charge of some very significant software projects with the Guard. I come from a family with a very strong military background.

I still ask questions, though, despite my “credential-laden” patriotic background. Does that make me unpatriotic? Do my attitudes mean that I, in fact, do not support the troops? How do I really feel about all of this?

Simply, I feel as I imagine Albert Einstein felt when he stated, “Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism – how passionately I hate them!” I love my country. I think the idea of the United States of America is an amazing one. I grieve for the troops who are separated from their families; who fight and die – not against a country, but against a concept called “terrorism.” You can’t win a war against “terrorism,” any more than you can win a war against drugs. As neither terrorism nor drugs can be eliminated, because of basic human nature, we have a perpetual and never-ending war machine that funds itself from the very blood of our children.

I find it extremely hypocritical that the same people who claim I don’t support the troops never, ever, stop to question who or what those troops are fighting against. They have so completely bought into the concept that War is Necessary that they blindly support any and all military activities overseas, as long as they see CNN’s sanitized view of it. They resist with every fiber of their being the notion of peace or negotiations, or of acceptance of different cultures. These same people who label me unpatriotic don’t even question whether or not war is just, let alone necessary. These are the same people who support the “viral patriotism” movement sweeping our nation; the thoughtless acceptance and endorsement of hate-filled propaganda without any logical or critical thought behind it.

It was Malcom X who said “You’re not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who says it.” It’s wrong to denounce our President for being a diplomat who wants to wage war at the negotiation table instead of in the streets. It’s wrong to give up your liberties for the illusion of temporary security, to paraphrase Benjamin Franklin. It’s wrong to send our troops to die when there may be other options available to us. It’s wrong to label someone who questions the government as unpatriotic, since patriotism has nothing to do with government and everything with country.

Do I support my country? Yes. I work, I vote, I debate, and I use my brain to weigh issues and question our government; just as every loyal American should.

Do I love my country? Yes The United States of America is, in my opinion, the best nation in the world. From sea to shining sea the United States is a beautiful country, founded on amazing ideal, and has been a shining beacon for the world to follow for generations.

Do I defend my country? Yes. While I can never be a soldier, I do what I can to support our troops by keeping their IT systems working professionally and, through my vote, by making sure our government doesn’t cavalierly send them into conflict.

Do I support our troops? Yes, I do. There are times and reasons why we have to send our troops in harm’s way. There are valid reasons for the wars we are fighting today. We are too quick, though, to send the troops into harm’s way at times.

Ultimately, I think the concept of “nations” is nothing more than “tribalism.” I long for the day when borders are no longer necessary and we speak not of nations, but of humanity, but that day is not today. Until then, I choose to support, love, and defend the United States of America in the way I see best.

Just because my definition of patriotism is not the same as the mindless, viral, masses doesn’t mean I am unpatriotic. I could argue that I am more patriotic, because I think about and have consciously chosen the reasons for my patriotism.

Don’t be blindly patriotic; think about it. Decide why you are patriotic. Above all, question everything. As Howard Zinn said, “Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.”

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

Did she fire a gun off next to his head?

John Swetland
John Swetland

love for you to stand in front of the parents of every soldier he brought back alive and question what he did.  Monday morning QBing is easy.  Keeping warriors from harm in a war zone takes gonads.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

BIOYA! It is an invasion zone, parrothead. He should have faced a court martial.

SMDrPepper
SMDrPepper

Criminals do tend to flock together, especially those trying to take rights away from the American public.  She fits with West perfectly.

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