Imagine going down to your local brewpub or coffee shop. You meet some friends. The talk turns to the war. You criticize the President and his wealthy supporters. Next thing you know, a couple of husky fellows at the next table grab you, hustle you out the door and down to the local police station. You are arrested on a charge of sedition. Within months you are indicted, tried and convicted. The judge sentences you to 5-10 years in prison â€” and off you go! Think this could never happen? Well, it happened not that long ago â€” during World War I â€” to scores of ordinary people in Montana. They discovered very painfully that their free speech rights had been stripped away by the state legislature.