During a meeting held by UFO advocacy group Paradigm Research, six former congress representatives were paid $20,000 to reveal their thoughts about UFO sightings and extraterrestrial visits.
Former Sen. Mike Gravel (D-Alaska) said he believes that the White House is hiding the truth about "extraterrestrial influence that is investigating our planet."
"It goes right to the White House, and of course, once the White House takes a position, 'well there's nothing going on'…it just goes down the chain of command, everyone stands toe," he said.
Gravel pointed out that many former military officers, like retired Air Force Capt. Robert Salas, have seen UFOs and observed them disabling nuclear weapons.
"The smoking gun of the whole issue, which is when they saw hovering space craft in Wyoming and South Dakota over the ICBM missile silos that the missiles couldn't work," Gravel said.
"What we're faced with here is, in areas of the media, and the government too, an effort to marginalize and ridicule people who have specific knowledge."
After he was asked about the fact that he was given money to make a speech, Gravel insisted it did not influences his agreement with the testimony.
"This is an opportunity which I've taken to focus on this issue for an entire week and the preparation I made in coming to it, for my enrichment that's very important," he said.