Saying that Al Qaeda, with the death of Osama bin Laden and several of his lieutenants is a shell of its former self, is now believed to to have been just a statement to help the 2012 Obama campaign according to an article from Fox News.

Sources at the Daily Beast said it was a massive conference call of more than 20 Al Qaeda leaders that tipped off the U.S. to the alleged terror plot. An intelligence officer reportedly described the communication of top Al Qaeda leaders as "like a meeting of the Legion of Doom."

During Obama's 2012 presidential campaign, he said very often that his administration’s actions put al Qaeda “on its heels.” But later the president changed that claim by saying that he was referring to al Qaeda’s core leadership in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

With the Obama administration closing 19 embassies and consulates in response to the threat, the claim of Al Qaeda's decline has been challenged. On Tuesday, the State Department ordered several U.S. government personnel out of Yemen.