(PART 153)


>>> "Some dunce SS agent was in Rybka's spot, so when Rybka went to jump onto the running board there was no room for him and he got left behind. You can see the dunce realizing his error and climbing into the back seat, too late though." <<<


Some interesting information regarding Agent Henry Rybka can be gleaned from the Original Report of ATSAIC Emory Roberts of the Secret Service (a report that is dated November 29, 1963):

[Quoting Roberts:]

11:55 a.m.: The President (right rear seat), Mrs. Kennedy (left rear seat), Governor John Connally (of Texas) (right jump seat), Mrs. Connally (left jump seat), ASAIC Roy T. Kellerman front seat, with SA William Greer driving, (SS car 100 X--top removed) departed Love Field.

SA Donald Lawton of 8 a.m.-4 p.m. shift remained at Love Field with SA Warner and Rybka to set up security for the President's departure for Bergstrom AFB, Austin, Texas. The Presidential aircraft was due to depart Dallas at 2:35 p.m.

The following persons departed Love Field in Secret Service Follow-up car, 679 X and were located in and on running boards of car as follows:

ATSAIC Emory P. Roberts--front seat--operating radio.
SA Samuel Kinney--driving (did an excellent job)
Mr. Kenneth O'Donnell, Appointment Secretary to the President,
left jump seat.
Mr. David Powers, Presidential Aide, right jump seat.
SA Glen Bennett, left rear seat.
SA George Hickey, right rear seat (manning AR-15 (rifle)
SA Clinton Hill, left running board, front.
SA William Mclntyre, left running board, behind Hill.
SA John D. Ready, right running board, front.
SA Paul Landis, right running board behind Ready.

Note: On shift report for Nov. 22, 1963, I listed SA Rybka as riding in center of rear seat, which was in error, as he was not in car. As mentioned above, he remained at Love Field.

[End Quote.]

I just wonder what the conspiracy theorists think of the above remarks made by Emory Roberts on 11/29/63? (CTers, that is, who are of the opinion that something "shady" was going on at Love Field regarding Agent Rybka...such as some sort of "standdown", as CTers like to call it.)

Do CTers think that the presence of one extra Secret Service agent (Rybka) in the Dallas motorcade would have made any kind of substantial difference at all when it comes to President Kennedy being shot and killed?

In other words -- Where do CTers go with this "RYBKA WAS LEFT AT LOVE FIELD" topic? Where CAN they "go" with it? Where?

Does it really make much difference whether or not Rybka was originally scheduled to sit in the rear seat of the Queen Mary SS car (between Agents Bennett and Hickey) during the Dallas parade?

Rybka's being assigned to the back seat certainly wouldn't change this basic (and important) fact: NO AGENTS WERE SPECIFICALLY ASSIGNED TO RUN ALONG THE PRESIDENT'S CAR DURING THE ENTIRE MOTORCADE DRIVE THROUGH DALLAS ON 11/22/63.

I'll add the following addendum, just for the heck of it. This comes from a statement made by Secret Service agent Clint Hill, dated November 30, 1963 (and I'm going to assume that these comments probably also apply to any SS agent who was assigned to the RIGHT-FRONT running board of the SS follow-up car, which would have been Special Agent John D. Ready on 11/22/63 in Dallas):

"My instructions for Dallas were to work the left rear of the Presidential automobile and remain in close proximity to Mrs. John F. Kennedy at all times. The agent assigned to work the left rear of the Presidential automobile rides on the forward portion of the left-hand running board of the Secret Service follow-up car and only moves forward to walk alongside the Presidential automobile when it slows to such a pace that people can readily approach the auto on foot." -- CLINTON J. HILL

In the final analysis, this whole Secret Service argument is a relatively moot one anyway, from yet another angle. That angle being:

It's still very likely that Lee Harvey Oswald could (and would) have killed the President, even with extra Secret Service agents being in Dealey Plaza and even with an agent riding on the back bumper on JFK's side of SS-100-X at precisely 12:30 PM.

Short of the Secret Service throwing a 360-degree "wall" of agents around the body of JFK in Dealey Plaza, it's still quite likely that Oswald would have been able to successfully pull off the assassination with his Mannlicher-Carcano rifle from a position 60 feet above Elm Street.

David Von Pein
February 2008