The Pentagon plans to shoot down a disabled 5,000-pound spy satellite within the next two weeks, before it tumbles from orbit, because the rocket fuel it carries could be a danger to people, officials said Thursday. The operation will be carried out from a navy ship that will fire a missile modified for the task at the 2,200 kilogram satellite, which will resemble hitting a ballistic missile warhead as it begins to re-enter the atmosphere. The ramifications of the operation are diplomatic as well as military and scientific, in part because the United States criticized China last year when Beijing used a defunct weather satellite as a target in a test of an antisatellite system. http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/02/14/america/spy.php Your tax dollars at work right here. And supposedly this thing has the best of everything in it, but for some reason the guidance on it is punched... Conspiracy? Have other government gained access to the controls of the satellite and have overridden U.S. command of it?