Isn't that how Scientology started?
Looks like someone fired off one of those NQ panzer rounds. Incoming!
I lol'd at both of those.
Anyways, on a more serious note, I'm reserved about thinking it's a missile. Sure the U.S. government lies, but that doesn't mean everything it does is shady, or everything it's representatives say are lies. The main reason I think it isn't a missile is because, as far as I can tell, they had no reason to fire one off in broad daylight where hundreds of thousands of people could see it, just to turn around and deny it. If it were an accidental launch then they would just point the finger at somebody and then move on. The fact that they say they don't know anything about it, coupled with the fact that thousands of people saw it.. just makes it seem likely that it was an illusion. You can trust our government to lie to you, but you can also trust that they have a reason for doing so, whatever it may be. I just don't see any possible reason why they would shoot a missile off and then lie about it though. They could have so very easily shot it off somewhere out of sight.
The only reason I can think of to piece this missile theory together, is that they did it to scare the populace, the common conspiracy theorist's argument. But even that only goes so far. After all, the government denied it was a missile altogether, hereby draining most of the fear it would have caused. For all intents and purposes, the only fear it would cause after that point is for conspiracy theorists and their followers, and I doubt the government would want to feed those flames. This isn't the Bush administration. >.>