08/19/2011 02:16 pm ET | Updated Oct 19, 2011

Judge orders Obama administration to release all White House visitor names

In ordering the Obama administration to disclose the names of all White House visitors, a federal judge has rejected claims that doing so could harm national security and be too time consuming.

U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell rejected the Secret Service claims that it would be "virtually impossible" to omit names of persons whose identities should be shielded for security reasons. The judge ruled that culling out those names was not "so unreasonable as to require a blanket rejection."

White House spokesman Eric Schultz said on Friday that the administration is reviewing its options in response to the suit brought under the Freedom of Information Act by Judicial Watch, a public interest group.

"This is the most transparent administration in history and the president is very proud to be the first White House with a voluntary disclosure policy that provides visitor records to the American public. Administration lawyers are reviewing the decision and I'd refer you to the Department of Justice for any further questions about next steps," Schultz said in a statement.