The assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens is bringing new attention to former Guantanamo Bay detainees - former prisoners that officials say return to violent jihad at alarming rates.

FOX Chief Intelligence Correspondent Catherine Herridge reports in our ongoing series on national security:

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From a leading suspect in the consulate attack, to a senior Taliban operative and the deputy leader of al-Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen, counterterrorism officials say time at Gitmo can be like a badge of honor, giving detainees street cred.  Defense Department spokesman George Little downplays the Guantanamo effect.

(Little) "Safe to say that some of them probably do acquire some degree of status, but I'm not sure that it's widespread."

A Federal law enforcement source tells FOX there is real concern that some detainees recommit to their cause in Guantanamo, and when they leave, they have a new understanding of the way the American military works.

In Washington, Catherine Herridge, FOX News Radio.

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