Ex-members of Congress will be appearing at an event in support of alien research. Seriously.
The event will take place April 29-May 3 and will be at the National Press Club, where over thirty researchers are expected to testify regarding the existence of extraterrestrial life. The event will be sponsored by a alien research lobby, called the Paradigm Research Group. Seriously.
Six of the participants will be former members of Congress (seriously), including: ex-Sen. Mike Gravel (D-Alaska), and ex-Reps. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.), Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D-Mich.), Darlene Hooley (D-Ore.), Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.) and Merrill Cook (R-Utah).
Among the aims of the conference is to prove that the government is covering up alien contact that has already occurred with Earthlings. Seriously.
According to Detroit News, Rep. Kilpatrick will be receiving a nice paycheck of $20,000 to participate in the hearing, likely to provide some semblance of credibility to an event severely lacking any.
"I've been interested for a while," Kilpatrick said, assuring that she will wait to hear all of the evidence presented before deciding on what she believes to be true. “I'm waiting to hear."
Barlett, on the other hand, has said he didn’t hear or know anything about a government cover up while he was serving as a representative, but he wants to keep an open mind about the matter.
"It's a huge universe out there," Bartlett said. "You have to be kind of presumptuous and arrogant to assume we're the only intelligent life in the universe."
Though the event hopes to persuade Congress into opening up an investigation, the White House last year issued a response to a couple of petitions requesting for the administration to disclose its information on aliens.
"The U.S. government has no evidence that any life exists outside our planet, or that an extraterrestrial presence has contacted or engaged any member of the human race," Phil Larson of the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy said in a statement. "In addition, there is no credible information to suggest that any evidence is being hidden from the public's eye."