Pot-TV to air torture tapes by Pete Brady (16 May, 2004) Abuse in US prisons similar to abuse in Iraq Iraqi prisoners suffer abuses at Abu Ghraib. The similarities between Bush administration wartime incarceration and interrogation techniques and abuses in US prisons will be illuminated in a compelling show soon to air on Marc Emery's Pot-TV Internet television network (www.pot-tv.net). Pot-TV News reporter Loretta Nall, who is also president of the US Marijuana Party, says she recently received and viewed videotapes showing torture meted out to prisoners in Texas during the late 1990's. Nall says she is editing the tapes for presentation on Pot-TV. The alleged abuse, which has been the subject of dozens of state and federal prisoner lawsuits, occurred when George W. Bush was governor of Texas, from 1994 until 2000. Bush's reign as governor resulted in deteriorating conditions at Texas prisons, long known as among the toughest in the nation. The Bush prisons were the subject of numerous lawsuits and federal investigations for prisoner abuse and overcrowding while Bush was governor. A federal district court judge sanctioned Texas prisons after determining that prison guards and prison gang leaders were running inmate "sex slave" operations. Bush was known as "Governor Death" because he enthusiastically executed death row inmates at a rate that far exceeded any governor of any state. By the time he left office, 152 prisoners had been executed, despite pleas from religious leaders, including the Pope, asking Bush to slow down the killings until DNA testing and other judicial procedures could determine if any death row inmates were innocent. The then-governor was also asked to explain how his fundamentalist "pro-life" anti-abortion stance could co-exist with his eagerness to implement the death penalty. The Catholic Church, which opposes war, the death penalty and abortion, says all human life is sacred, not just the life of unborn fetuses. Bush disagrees.