However, I disagree with others on the whole "they could wipe us out in 5 seconds" theory.
Just because they have at least one invention we don't? (an Interstellar drive). Sorry, I don't buy it. Their first mass "visit" was directed
almost solely at military sites (and not just in the US, do the homework) and political sites...including a swarm over the White House (the second
best coverup job since Roswell), and the "visit" seems to be triggered by us sending out a wake up call the first time we detonated an atomic bomb.
(Not that they hadn't scouted us out before, but never on this scale before, -late forties)
"but they also try to erase the memories those people have of their experiences "
It seems that the aliens desire maintaining secrecy as much as the government does. It's serving their own agenda, not an act of good will.
Besides, given all of the abduction accounts, they really do such a good job at this, don't they?
No, something happened to change the balance of power. What this was, there doesn't seem to be much evidence of, but there is evidence of a clear
s-h-i-f-t of gears in 1948. Then, the evidence picks up a little bit, and it seems there was a meeting and an agreement struck. What the tradeoffs
were, are still pretty sketchy, but it seems to be a deal in which they would provide technological assistance, and we would ALLOW abductions, but
only if we knew who, and if they were returned with no memory of the experience. They sold us out, but really, they had no choice, the aliens would
have done abductions covertly anyways, and while we seemed to have the technology to counter a massive invasion....we could not eliminate lone ships
carrying out abductions.
It became apparent that they were abducting more than they claimed, and that more were remembering their experiences. It also became clear that such
things as impregnation, and removal of fetuses, etc. were taking place, in addition to some abductees not being returned. Some kind of altercation
took place, and a new treaty was struck, but a seemingly more uneasy treaty than the first, and that seems to be where we are today....
[Edited on 20-5-2003 by Gazrok]