That level of pain is normal here, and yes I'm serious. I've been tasered and that didn't work out so well for the cops. Hardest part was pulling out the hooks. The shock did nothing. They decided that talking me out of one of my rambles was better idea.
The real problem for law enforcement is that it's only companies that they have a real bit of leverage on. I'm now a private citizen and unless they figure out some way of banning encryption entirely, there are probably close to a myriad of ways we citizens can short-circuit their monitoring. Save for the point to point metadata, and some of that can be scrambled too, the content is a mystery.
They've been told and told that only by leveraging the end-point (hacking the devices on each end) will they be able to gain access to the content. And that's dead on*. Anything else is a pipe dream and as I recall, AG Sessions has a thing about people that smoke drugs.
* - In the military I worked professionally in a dozen fields of engineering, half that in analysis (including intelligence), had a nuclear security clearance, and used to fix NSA gear when it broke and the cryppies couldn't fix it. [Real easy to troubleshoot if you know what should be looking for in-circuit.] Also a computer scientist, statistician, econometrician and a bunch of other applied math stuff. The point of this footnote is that there isn't a damn thing in the world preventing me from literally encrypting the world+dog, should I choose to do so. The hardest part is killing side-channel attacks. And then, share the results. Short of locking me up forever which will have to be solitary since there's stuff they don't want me to talk about. Ever. And I'm far from the only one with these distinct libertarian/anti-authoritarian impulses.