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LAWMAKERS PREPARING TO LIFT LID ON JFK ASSASSINATION PAPERS

Lawmakers are preparing a final draft of legislation that would make public thousands of intelligence documents relating to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Rep. Louis Stokes, D-Ohio, and Sen. David Boren, D-Okla., said Wednesday they expect quick and overwhelming approval of the bill but foresee no shocking evidence emerging from the declassified documents."I've said all along that when these files are released there will be no smoking gun," said Stokes, who lead the 1978 House investigation into the assassination.

Stokes and Boren said the bill was in the final drafting stages and could be ready next week.

Their comments followed closed-door meetings with "JFK" director Oliver Stone, who toured Capitol Hill lobbying for the release of all secret government files on the assassination.

"I would like to believe in the straight-shooter theory of history," Stone said. "If we did something wrong in the past, let's know about it."

"JFK" puts forth what Stone calls an "alternative scenario" to the Kennedy assassination that challenges official conclusions that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. The film theorizes that Kennedy was murdered in an ambush arranged by elements of the U.S. military and intelligence communities.