It's all a trick. Once behind closed doors they put on their Star Trek mirror universe style evil beards and resume their plotting (while stroking said beards). Currently on the agenda is a bill to authorize an experiment for seniors to be isolated and studied so that it can be determined what nutrients they have that might be extracted for our personal use. It will be a rider attached to a bill originally designed to prevent elder abuse, purely for the delicious irony.
Well if the Halkan Council won't give us the dilithium crystals as told then they deserve everything that's coming to them!
"During times of universal deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act."