Things have changed since then. The ACLU just announced a new policy - if you are on the board of directors you give up free speech. Specifically the new standards would discourage its board members from publicly criticizing the organization's policies and internal administration. Why?
"Directors should remember that there is always a material prospect that public airing of the disagreement will affect the A.C.L.U. adversely in terms of public support and fund-raising,"
So money is more important than public dissent.
What else has changed in the ACLU? For one thing, they would have taken the other side in the NAZI case:
Anthony D. Romero, the A.C.L.U.'s executive director, said that he had not yet read the proposals and that it would be premature to discuss them before the board reviews them at its June meeting.
Mr. Romero said it was not unusual for the A.C.L.U. to grapple with conflicting issues involving civil liberties. "Take hate speech," he said. "While believing in free speech, we do not believe in or condone speech that attacks minorities."
I'll say it again, if you only protect speech that you approve of then you are not really protecting freedom of speech.For a different (but not complimentary) take on the ACLU, see here.