If it is deemed that lectures on religion, politics and military history (independent of the National Curriculum, together with facilities for outdoors military training, and perhaps the utterance of words like "kill the enemy", are sufficient for private school premises to be searched, and people to be possibly charged with the "thought crimes" of "glorification" under the Terrorism Act 2006, then where does this leave the Combined Cadet Force contingents which are a feature of so many Public Schools like Eton College etc. ?
Police were last night given extra time to question the suspects, and an extensive search was continuing in the 54-acre grounds of Jameah Islamiyah school near Crowborough, East Sussex, where the suspects regularly attended weekend camps.
Counter-terrorist sources told The Times that those detained included suspected ringleaders and young men who were being groomed as potential recruits to the jihad.
The group had been under surveillance by intelligence agencies for several months.
It used the school grounds, which include a lake and an area of woodland, for survivalist exercises. Young recruits had to listen to extremist lectures on religion and politics.
Police are believed to have intervened after intelligence reports indicated a discernible change in the nature of the rhetoric and language of the alleged recruiters.
Detectives believe that while the group was still being radicalised, no targets had been identified and any possible terrorist attack was a long way off.
One source said: “This is not a case of disrupting an imminent attack. What we are looking at is training and recruitment and encouraging others to take part.
“This operation was aimed at the process of radicalisation, at using the new powers we have to tackle glorification of terror and indoctrination of young people.”