Many readers have written letters commending Salon's decision to publish the photos. Kim Pananides suggests the photos should be enlarged and displayed at Camp Casey; "It may be the only way that our president ever sees them," she writes, "since he's so busy getting on with his life these days."
K. Frederick writes:
As a human being, I am repulsed and tormented by the photos of war you have published. As an American, I am both disgraced by and outraged at what our government has done, and continues to do, especially in the name of 9/11. I am a native New Yorker who was there that day and lost many dear friends; this is not justice for them or me. It may seem an odd thing to say thank you for: grotesque, painful images that are supposed to be "too real" for us, but I do thank you, and salute you, for showing us the truth of what our troops are going through, and, more importantly, allowing us to finally begin looking in the mirror.