The ACLU is the "Knucklehead of the Year" according to at least one persuasive commentary at A Blog for All.
Although "official" Knucklehead honors have been awarded to the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court who decided Kelo v. City of New London, Lawhawk at A Blog for All makes a persuasive case that the ACLU has richly earned the "honor" of being the top knucklehead of 2005:
"In July, the ACLU and its New York chapter sued the City of New York after it implemented random bag searches due to the subway bombings in London, England. The NYCLU lost its cases, but it made it clear that they were siding with terrorists over common sense.
"At the end of the year, it has come to light that the ACLU opposed the FISA statutes as being unconstitutional (as set forth in amicus briefs in 2002). They now claim that the current sitting President acted unconstitutionally in bypassing the court altogether. Yet the ACLU didn't act with nearly so much horror when President Carter, President Reagan, President Bush, or President Clinton utilized the FISA courts. No full page ads in the New York Times for them.
"Oh, and the ACLU wants an investigation into who leaked the NSA programs to the New York Times called off. Because it isn't a crime if you agree with the outcome and despite the fact that the law doesn't care about outcomes - only about the violations themselves, which in this case is the systematic leaking of classified programs.
Pretzel logic is a wonderful thing.
For standing on the side of terrorists and seeking to embue them with all the rights that US citizens take for granted, the ACLU is my clear winner for Knucklehead of the Year."
I would have to agree.