I was trying to figure a way to raise this subject on this forum has it's usually taken as fiction. The concept that other beings may be out there in some far off solar system has recently become more serious a topic. A few years ago I would have said it was all tongue in cheek, but I'm not so sure anymore.
Until lately, these creatures if they do exist, have taken a standoff approach to our activities, looking at our doings with mild interest. When actual encounters were made , they usually went about their business. The only reactive thing that would happen is accidental, like electrical stuff malfunctioning and sun burns and stuff, and paint peeling on car hoods. Sometimes they would respond, as one did recently by someone who flashed 3 times on his flashlite, with a like response from the craft.
But of late they have become more cockey and the government officials have started to open up to people who have experienced the encounter. They admit their existence but are concerned about the panic it would start and the fact they can't do anything to attack these technologically advanced machines. Recently a piper cub ran right into one on approach to a Texas airport. It just sat there in the sky. Another football field sized machine scared the crew of a 747 over the ocean not far from Alaska. The pilot was a trained Japanese fighter pilot with thousands of hours flight time. There were over 200 people aboard. It played games with the liner and approached really close, enough that a small deviation by both craft would have ended in a disaster. Another 30ft machine hovered over the airport control tower of a major airport for a good half hour. It punched a neat round hole in the clouds when it took off vertically. Many passengers, airport personell and off duty pilots saw it.
It is getting more apparent that we need to learn about their technology real quick if what we are seeing is true. We know their character and we can exploit it*. They see us has no threat. Their telepathy can be breached(one lady who was constantly abducted figured how). They don't seem to know how to react to violence. They usually scurry off into an alcove or room on the ship. They have been known to have bystanders aliens who just watch when one of their own is attacked. As well, possible weaknesses in their machines can be exploited. It's well known that the weakest part of an assembly is where components join a main body. Hatch joints, port lights, boundaries between circulating parts and stationary parts are all areas that can be probed by well placed AP rounds fired in succession at the same points. Maybe if someone had a LAW then the heads may do more damage.
Now what this we hope would accomplish is to disable and detract. We need to capture one and reverse engineer it. The government will not see kindly a guy who shoots at it, even though a court case would be a sure win since the government says they don't even exist. They may try to get us on discharge of a weapon in populated areas. This may be a sacrifice we need to make for teh cause. The threat of war is low. The loss of one of their craft they probably know is at area 51 doesn't phase them. Their society is probably Borg like with expendable machines and aliens. A group of armed guys can follow a falling machine ready to keep the creatures occupied away from damage repair by use of suppressing fire. I'm sure they can't do mach(whatever) with a cracked port, or a damaged hatch seal. The propulsion system may be damaged by a super hard chunk of metal jamed in the crevice.
One 10ft diameter machine was seen sucking up swamp water from a snorkel, with 4 more waiting to do the same. Water vapor was seen shooting out of the bottom when they accelerated out at high speed. This all looks like low tech vulnerable stuff to me.
Tactics would need to be learned. On landing I doubt they are scrutinizing us very much as far as deliberate aggression, although they may have some counter measure. If they think we're primitive, then a few designated people may help who stand around and look stupid(doing some monkey stuff may provide alien humourous entertainment), while the 'swat team' members hide behind inorganic barriers in case a zap beam can burn up organic stuff. It is risky if they use nuclear stuff or genetic damaging beams.
The abductees can help too. It may provide another way of hyjacking one of these. A regular abductee is a good choice, but it would take a brave one for sure. A plaster cast on a leg or a sudden baby bump from what I learned fascinates them to no end. Good place to put a 1911/.45 and maybe a box of ammo. Usually these people are weakened to the point they give up while on the table being probed by these... veterinarians. But it appears the fingers still have their reflex action. A triggered finger with a detonating device would exploit the sealed close quarters of these machines which would intensify the effect. The propulsion system would definitly be damaged. He would need to wear ear protection and find a metal barrier to hide behind, such as the operating table he's on which he could upset when ready. If he's more mobile with all his facultuies, the leg cast could be hinged and popped open to grab the piece and take out the immediate members. It would definetly detract the aliens from any escape plans. Then of course the risks are damage to the oxgen supply, fire, ariel elevation and traveling or stationary, richochet.
So I'm ready. Everyone should familiarize himself with propulsion systems of this world. Generally everything flies in a straight line, and must make a circular turn. A chopper maybe but slowly. If the craft flies from one sweep to the other like a flashlight would, it's not one of ours. If it's beaming a cherry tree with light, then no company with a tight budget would build a silent ship costing millions to investigate flora. If it's beaming a light in someone's bedroom, it's not showing the latest alien movie film to the occupants, it's not one of ours. If it stops your car, gives you a sunburn, cooks your dash, burns your new paint job, shuts off everything electrical,spins your watch hands, then it's not one of ours.
Socially, they are not good creatures. They would know what diplomacy is when they approach worlds of equivalent technology. They would go to great trouble to be super respectable. Knowing this, they snoop around here like they're up to something and don't bother to ask if we mind. From what we can gather so far in the standard patterns from diverse people throught the globe, is that they have no respect or feelings about us. They operate on our children in their machines at will without anesthesia. There's evidence of species crossing and genetic tampering. They could be using us for food, who knows.
So I'll be ready. I'll be the one hiding in the bush behind the placard carrying suiciders that say 'take us with you'.
This threat may no longer be hypothetical. The government deals with a population who is quite knowledgable on how precarious his life is, with asteroid impacts and all the other threats, so unlike the "attack of the killer tomatoe" generation of the 50's, there's no excuse to think we'd be panicked if they broadcast the truth. The worst it would do would distract us for maybe a week away from the tabloids and stories of the antics of the Kardashian's, sell more alien print swimming gear, create more alien chip stands, and start up alien language training schools.
* references: years of reading the stories in flying saucer review and other magazines from the 50's, but what else can I use, they don't exist anyway.