OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Department of Homeland Security has quietly resurrected a plan to spy on Americans’ license plates, which was scrapped last year after public outcry, NextGov.com reports.

DHS Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials issued contract guidelines May 1 for a program to collect information on license plates in “at least 25 states.”

The contract does not reveal which states the DHS will spy on.

The original plan was to spy on Americans without a warrant in all 50 states.

The company that wins the DHS bid to spy on Americans will be required to provide the government with at least six million records each month.

Rather than getting a warrant to follow a suspected human trafficker, the DHS’ plan is to use spy cameras to photograph everyone’s license plates at “toll roads, parking lots and other locations across the country, in part, to help authorities track the movements of suspects,” according to NextGov.

The government claims they will not compile a database of innocent citizens, even though that’s exactly what they’ve done with nearly every other similar program.

This information could be used to track Americans critical of government officials, much like how the IRS used tax exemption filings to do the same.

“It’s appropriate to use license plate scanners to check for wanted vehicles, but the technology should never be used to store up databases of the movements of vehicles that are not on any hot lists,” ACLU senior policy analyst Jay Stanley and ACLU legal assistant Bennett Stein wrote in an April 6 blog entry, NextGov reports. “It violates the longstanding tenet that the government not monitor citizens unless it has individualized suspicion of involvement in wrongdoing.”

Elected officials are already fighting back against efforts to limit the warrantless monitoring of Americans.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed a bill on May 1, 2015 limiting how long the government can retain information harvested from license-plate readers and other warrantless surveillance equipment.

A coalition of Tea Party activists and civil libertarian liberals were stunned by McAuliffe’s veto.

“We don’t live in a police state,” said Democrat State Senator Chap Peterson. “The idea you can observe people, track people, without any suspicion, that’s a violation of the right to be left alone.”

Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli “issued an opinion that data collection was not legal under existing state law without a direct link to an active case,” the Washinton Post reports. “The state police began to purge their data within 24 hours, but police departments in Northern Virginia elected to ignore his opinion and keep the data for up to two years.”

Under the DHS contract, this program could now be coming to your state.