Are we alone in the universe? Could UFO sightings actually be extraterrestrial spacecraft?
We ask these questions every day, especially on HuffPost Weird News, but now, four former lawmakers are about to open up the discussion to a congressional-style grilling.
The former federal legislators will convene in Washington, D.C. later this month and hold a serious meeting on the subject, called the Citizen Hearing on Disclosure. They'll hear some 30 hours of testimony from researchers, military personnel and witnesses, all claiming to have proof of alien life.
Don't worry, taxpayers, this isn't an official meeting at the public's expense. But it's meant to focus public opinion.
The man organizing this event -- Stephen Bassett of the Paradigm Research Group -- is essentially a lobbyist for extraterrestrial issues.
The retired representatives will be paid, but they won't be speaking to the press. That said, having a pseudo-official congressional-style hearing about aliens is an ambitious one, and it'll all be recorded and released as a documentary.
Some even say that the "truth" will be revealed at the hearing.
"It is now time to put away this embargo of truth about the alien presence," says Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 astronaut and spokesman for the project.
Darlene Hooley (D-OR), Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-MI), Lynn Woolsley (D-CA), Merrill Cook (R-UT), and former Senator Mike Gravel (D-AK) comprise the panel.
Bassett claims none of the committee members have a stake in the extraterrestrial argument, nor are they former abductees looking for a platform.
"They are essentially conducting themselves as if they were still in Congress. We're looking for them to be objective and gather information," he told HuffPost Weird News. "We do not care what their opinion is, it's not a factor. We simply want them to do the job."
The meeting begins on April 29 and goes through May 3, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.