The Federal Bureau of Investigations must offer a federal judge a better explanation as to why it is refusing to give information to a graduate student researching an alleged plot to kill ‘Occupy’ leaders in Texas, the judge hearing the case ruled last week.

Judge Rosemary M. Collyer of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia wrote in her ruling that the reason the FBI gave for denying Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate student Ryan Noah Shapiro access to key pieces of information in heavily redacted documents was not sufficient, and a better explanation must be provided if the Bureau continues to refuse to share the information.

Shapiro is researching an alleged sniper plot to kill leaders of a Houston-based spin-off of the ‘Occupy’ movement. He sued the FBI after submitting a Freedom of Information Act request with the Bureau and getting back the heavily redacted documents.

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