Could you blind a satillite?

I’ve been having a discussion with a pen pal of mine.

He has proposed the idea that a nation could protect itself from spy satillites by blinding their cameras with a laser whenever they pass over a sensative area(missle sites, navy bases, etc).

Hypothecially, it sounds like it could be done, though I think it would be a lot harder to do then he believes. It seems like you’d have to hit an awfully small target on an already rather small moving target and keep it on there for something akin to several minutes. I think if you were going to all the trouble with the laser, might as well just shoot down the satillite.

Any thoughts on this?