This explanation is so transparent it is almost laughable. The likelihood of being injured by the satellite has been calculated as something like one in a trillion, whereas being hit by lightning is somewhat more likely: one in 1.2 million.
The real reason for the shootdown attempt?
1) Components from the ultra-secret spy satellite could survive the re-entry and be recovered by bad guys.
2) It is a perfect opportunity to test the U.S. missile to satellite intercept capabilities.
We’ve learned a lesson starting back in 1960, when President Eisenhower lied to the American people and to the world that the crash of Gary Power’s U2 over the USSR was a “weather balloon.”
Ike got caught with his hand in the cookie jar. Ever since then, we’ve come to the realization that sometimes we have to take what our government says with a very, very large grain of salt