In my opinion, the massive monitoring of all communications, and the rest of the intrusive fascism/tyranny, shouldn't instill fear, but rather awareness..
The folks in power, in many places on the globe, hope such knowledge of their tools and tactics will chill dissent, speech, etc.
Bullies rely on intimidation, however direct or indirect. Fear is the enemy, awareness, imo, is the better tool.
My personal navigation of this stuff has concluded in the thought that I shouldn't knowingly do stupid, brazen shit in front of them (what ever 'in front of' includes), but accept that life has risks and has always been terminal from the outset.. Cowering, versus living freely knowing that it's all limited in time.
One of the most freeing lines I ever heard in a movie, and thought about later to the point of it being powerfully calming in a way, was in the movie 'Savages' when they're on the way to a serious confrontation/action, & the vet says to his Zen Buddhist partner, "You were dead the day you were born."
If you view your liberty from that standpoint, in my opinion, then there's nothing they can take from you that wasn't already time-limited to begin with. Just a matter of time and honor... and how you exit the place.